Following an approval from the City Council’s zoning and land use committee earlier in the week, the full Council voted Thursday to approve the eight-story office complex planned at 25 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, DNAinfo reports.
Developers Heritage Equity Partners and Rubenstein Partners were looking for a special permit for their 480,000 square foot development. In lieu of community space, they will now be able to create room for light manufacturing instead.
Apart from the office and light manufacturing space, the project will also include ground-floor retail, two public plazas, and a promenade. It’s the first new, ground-up office project approved for the neighborhood in decades, and developer Toby Moskovitz, of Heritage Equity Partners told DNAinfo that her team would start prepping the site for construction starting next month.
The City Council vote was the final hurdle developers needed to clear to move forward with the project. In an earlier version, the city wanted to rezone a 14-block stretch around this project for similar development, but that idea was put aside after opposition from the local community and the City Planning Commission.