A developer in Williamsburg is trying to rezone a former manufacturing building along the East River entirely into an office building, a move that could set a precedent for other developers in the city, Crain's reports.
In April last year, Toby Moskovits of Heritage Equity Partners filed plans to building a 480,000 square foot office complex at 25 Kent Avenue. The current zoning laws require that at least half of the property be used for a religious, non-profit, medical or school facility.
However, Moskovitz wants almost all of the new nine-story building she plans to construct to be used for offices that could house between 2,000-3,000 employees, and save a small section of the building for light manufacturing.
The Department of City Planning is expected to grant to the zoning request this week, which means the proposed project will then go through Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before the zoning request is granted.
Moskovits is looking to capitalize on the start up and tech boom underway in North Brooklyn, according to Crain's. If the project is approved, it is likely that other developers will follow suit with similar projects. Most have backed away from such properties in the past because it requires that they create some sort of community facility.
If the project goes through, 25 Kent Avenue will the first new office building to be constructed in the neighborhood in over a decade.