Usually a developer's proposal for a new building can win community support by including affordable housing, but this is Williamsburg, and the rules are different. So in addition to the 18 below-market-rate apartments that will be included in a glassy concoction going up on Wythe Avenue between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets, the project also includes turning an existing three-story building on the site into a restaurant and bar from Taavo Sommer, the archhipster behind Freemans and The Rusty Knot. Eater has been monitoring the progress on that joint, and today the Brooklyn Paper reports that the City Council has approved the lot's rezoning. There will eventually be 59 market-rate units, but the affordable housing will be built first, likely in the next two to three years. This spot was briefly the Rock Yard, an outdoor summer concert venue.
· Chic restaurant, housing plan moves forward [Brooklyn Paper]
· Taavo Somer's New Burg Project to be 'Hippie' not 'Hipster' [Eater NY]