It's been two years since conversion plans were announced for former office building 116 John Street, and last night, MetroLoft finally unveiled the FiDi building's model units. There's a model for each type of apartment available?studio, junior one-bedroom, one-bedroom with home office, regular one-bedroom, and two-bedroom?and rents range from $2,200 to $6,000 per month. All units have large windows, white oak strip flooring, 11-foot ceilings, and the kitchens have dark European cabinetry, stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers, and stovetops (but
no ovens UPDATE: we've been asked to clarify that the units have convection/microwave ovens, perfect for those on a strict Hot Pocket diet). Because the building is an office-to-residence conversion, some of the units have very weird angles and awkward layouts, especially the two-bedroom.
The first wave of units, all located on the lower floors of the 35-story tower, are available for July 1, and the rest of the 418 units will be hitting the market in phases through October, as the building is still under construction. Speaking of construction, it made for quite a steamy launch party, as the building's AC is not yet turned on, and the lobby and amenities aren't quite finished. The roofdeck, lounge, and gym won't be ready for July, but MetroLoft is offering a rent credit until they are available.
MetroLoft spiced things up by creating a competition out of the model design process, inviting five designers to create the units to compete for a grand prize of $5,000. The judge, interior designer Deborah Berke, actually couldn't settle on just one winner, so she chose two. Kevin Dumais, designer of the studio, and Ron Marvin, designer of the one bedroom, both received prize money. MetroLoft also ran a popular vote on Facebook, and the two-bedroom, designed by Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo of ID 810, won the fan's hearts.
· 116 John Street [MetroLoft]
· 116 John Street coverage [Curbed]
· 116 John Street [StreetEasy]