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Williamsburg Poised to Get New Office Complex Without Neighborhood Rezoning

City Planning will support the project at 25 Kent Avenue, but not the larger effort to rezone a 14-block area

Plans to build a large, Gensler-designed office complex at 25 Kent Avenue will likely move forward, but the proposal to rezone the neighboring area will not, Crain's reports. The City Planning Commission will likely grant a special permit to developers behind the 400,000 square foot office by the end of the month.

Initially the city had sought to rezone a 14-block area around this development to allow for more office space in the neighborhood, but those plans have been abandoned for now.

The office project at 25 Kent is currently going through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and once City Planning signs off on it, it will be up to the City Council to make the final call.

As of right, developers Heritage Equity Partners and Rubenstein Partners can build retail and offices at the site, but would also need to provide a community facility like a school or doctors offices. Instead the development teams wants a special permit to replace the community center requirement with light manufacturing.

In March, the Williamsburg community board threw its support behind the office project but was opposed to rezoning the 14-block area around it.