A sage tipster told us that if you go to RentOnKent.com, which was the website for the somewhat iconic warehouse-turned-rental building at 184 Kent Avenue, it automatically forwards you to a brand-new teaser site for its imminent (and dreaded, by current tenants) condo conversion. First bit of news: it shall be called the Austin Nichols House, after the original name of the 1915-built manufacturing facility, which was designed by Cass Gilbert of Woolworth Building fame. Coming back to the present, obsessively documented 184 Kent was among the first "fancy" buildings along the Williamsburg waterfront, and now the 388 rentals will replaced by one- to three-bedroom condos.
If the teaser site is any indication, a drop-down menu reveals that asking prices will range from $800,000 to $3 million. Another tipster who is a building resident (and loves renting there) received the letter below (click for big!) on May 7, which served as notification of the condo conversion. It indicates the $413.9 million total offering plan planned by a developer trio of Kushner Cos., LIVWRK, and Rockpoint Group. "Extensive renovations" are apparently on the way, and some of the apartments will be combined to make larger units.
· Austin Nichols House [teaser site]
· 'Burg Warehouse-Turned-Rental 184 Kent To Become Condos [Curbed]
· All 184 Kent coverage [Curbed]