The redevelopment of Bushwick’s former Rheingold Brewery site has been in the works for a while now, but one of the many projects slated for the redevelopment area is finally making major strides. The rental complex on All Year Management’s two-block slice of the megaproject is really coming into shape, new photos from Field Condition first published on Brownstoner show.
The Rheingold Brewery redevelopment site is a tough one to keep track of. To recap, three developers own sites within its ten blocks: Princeton Holdings and Read Property Group, who own majority of the site; All Year Management, who purchased the development sites at 123 Melrose Street and 28 Stanwix Street from Princeton Holdings and Read Property Group for $141 million; and Rabsky Group, who is teaming up with ODA New York for the jagged donut-shaped building 10 Montieth Street and ND Architecture on 115 Stanwix Street.
ODA New York is also behind the design for 123 Melrose Street and 28 Stanwix Street. Foundation work began on 123 Melrose Street back in November 2016, and as of February, the building had hit its halfway point. The new photos of the building show that things have been busy on site—123 Melrose Street has topped out at nine stories and will soon be getting its facade. Meanwhile, construction on 28 Stanwix Street is nearing street level.
Although there’s a lot going on within Rheingold’s ten blocks, 123 Melrose is hard to confuse. The building’s distinct cross-bracing pattern stands out in concrete—it will eventually be covered in brick—and the building has by far the best mythology of the handful going onto the Rheingold site. When ODA revealed its design for the buildings and its shared interconnecting courtyards in June 2016, the firm copped to being inspired by a European village.
“By interrupting the rigid order of a typical NYC street grid and blending it with the sequencing of a European village, the path becomes a meandering courtyard rather than a direct line from a to b,” ODA New York chief Eran Chan said. How idyllic.
For as inspired as its design is, the development will take the rather indistinct name of Bushwick II. When it’s complete, the rental complex will include between 800 and 900 rentals, 20 percent of which will be dedicated affordable housing, as well as a 17,850-square-foot public park that will bisect the residential development.