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Four-Story Brick Condo to Rise on Empty Greenpoint Lot

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A long-empty lot on India Street in Greenpoint will be empty no more. Brownstoner reports that a four-story condo building with a "corduroy" brick facade will begin rising on the site by the end of the month. The property is owned by an entity called Kenry Corp., and from the history of permits in the Department of Building's database, the company has been trying to build on the site since 2005. Designed by architecture firm Lubrano Ciavarra Design, the new building will have seven units, ranging from 900-square-foot one-bedrooms to a 1,520-square-foot three-bedroom penthouse.

Lubrano Ciavarra has been working on a design for the building for several years now, and they wanted to create something that was contextual with the neighborhood?not an easy task considering the building to the west of the lot is a multi-family brick structure, while those to the west and south are vinyl-sided rowhouses. So here's what they came up with:

In exploring masonry patterning, the "corduroy" brick facade recalls the system of bays that organize the traditional industrial facades of the neighborhood. The metalwork that articulates the entry both alludes to the ironwork found at the street level of 19th century buildings to the east, and the boat-building industry that was so predominant at the bottom of India Street to the west.The building will seek LEED certification, and there will be a 550-square-foot shared garden and terrace on the ground floor, which will also have two one-bedroom units. One of these will have a private garden that's more than twice as large as the shared garden. The second and third floors will each have two 1,140 to 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms, and the penthouse unit will occupy the whole fourth floor, with a front and rear terrace. Every apartment will have large windows, 9-foot-ceilings, an independent HVAC system, a washer/dryer, and a cellar storage unit.
· Rendering and Details About New Greenpoint Build [Brownstoner]
· Lubrano Ciavarra Design [official]