March 19, 2015
*Structural Design done by ADG Engineering
Simon Dushinsky’s newest rental building planned for the Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick will be the biggest thing in the neighborhood, with nearly 400 units spanning almost 400,000 square feet.
The ODA New York-designed building, set for an area of Brooklyn where open space is a hot commodity, looks to push the envelope in terms of amenities and outdoor space, according to renderings provided exclusively to The Real Deal.
The seven-story building will feature a 25,000 square-foot, landscaped rooftop that zigzags vertically across the structure’s upper floors and features a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, among other amenities.
“The present wave of urban renewal in Bushwick gives us not only the opportunity but the responsibility to adjust old modes of living to our current ways of life,” said Eran Chen, founder of ODA. “We aim to discover new territories that will attract the growing demands of a young demographic, creating a strong sense of community and providing the kind of housing forms we all dream of.”
Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group is developing the seven-story, 392-unit building on a majority of the full-block site at 10 Montieth Street his firm bought last year for $53 million.
The 80/20 inclusionary-housing project will be broken down into 123 studios, 228 one-bedrooms and 41 two-bedrooms, half of which will have private outdoor spaces.
Other projects in the area have used open rooftops to attract luxury-seeking renters to Bushwick. Most notable is perhaps developer Mayer Schwartz’s CastleBraid building several blocks away.
That development, which features a rooftop “chill space” complete with graffiti wall, swings and a bocce court, has been referred to as a “playground for hispters,” but nonetheless seems popular with renters whose hearts lie in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, but whose pockets draw them to the relatively lower rents in Buswhick.
As far as scope and scale, though, Dushinsky’s project is setting a new bar.
“There’s nothing like that in Bushwick, or even in New York really,” said Dave Beegun, a Citi Habitats broker active in the area. “It should be a huge selling point.”
“This is still a test market,” added Beegun, who is not connected to the project. “This would definitely be a first of its kind in that area.”
True to ODA form, the design features the firm’s characteristic, boxy style with balconies and other elements of the exterior that protrude and recess along the street wall and inner courtyard.
The building’s upper four floors will provide access to the project’s most distinctive feature, a green rooftop that slopes up and down as it circumnavigates the building’s rectangular footprint across 25,500 square feet.
The building also has a 19,000-square-foot courtyard and interior amenities such as a climbing wall, media room and co-working spaces that have become de rigueur for luxury apartment buildings with the space to spare.
Dushinsky last year bought an undisclosed stake in Reed Development Group’s 10-building redevelopment of the former Rheingold Brewery site, which is set to add nearly 1,000 new units to the area.