Right across the street from a former Landmarks Preservation Commission warehouse that is being converted into affordable housing stands another industrial building, this one boasting an uncertain future and a history of tenant issues. Namely, getting rid of them. Developer Mona Gora wants to turn 338 Berry Street into an eight-story, 65-unit residence with a jagged lineup of solar panels on the roof that will be visible from the Williamsburg bridge (which it's half a block away from), according to two permits and architects' renderings spotted by BuzzBuzz Home.
But she's struggled since she purchased the former noodle factory back in 2005 for $12 million because the existing tenants seized upon a new law that they hoped would help them legalize their illegal loft conversions. They lost their fight over a year ago, but Gora hasn't yet been able to get her plan for the building approved by the DOB. After an April application was denied, she's trying again. "We intend to do something not done before in Williamsburg and the interior lends itself to something quite unique," Gora told The Real Deal in 2012. Maybe the turn-down is because the canopied rooftop is too unique?
· 338 Berry Street in Williamsburg going for residential conversion [BuzzBuzz Home]
· 338 Berry Street [DXA studio]
· 338 Berry Street coverage [Curbed]