Because Williamsburg is chock-full of new construction, it's hard to imagine there's room for any more. But then a tipster sent in a photo of the signage that just went up at the corner of North 12th and Berry streets. It took some sleuthing, but Department of Buildings filings reveal that the rendering is of a seven-story, 54-unit building. Said the tipster: "I've lived across the street at 34 Berry since the building opened, and noticed that the empty lot was already a stalled construction site since June 2010." The original permit was actually filed and approved back in 2008, but just renewed at the end of January. So his update makes sense: "In recent weeks, I've walked by the site and noticed that activity has started again. There's also a sign up that says a residential project is in progress and due for completion in July 2016." The design seems to include columns of brick interspersed with casement windows, including some that curve around the corner.
The DOB paperwork also notes that the building will include a laundry room, multiple bike-storage rooms, parking for 27 cars, a recreation room, and a roof deck.
The developer is one Joseph Rubin and the architect is Bernard Ocasio.
UPDATE, May 2014: According to The Real Deal, the developer of this rental building is Elrob Realty and the architect is Michael Muroff. Elrob just got $18 million in funding to continue construction beyond the already-laid foundation.
· All Williamsburg coverage [Curbed]