See renderings of Morris Adjmi’s Front & York, Dumbo’s biggest new development

Posted On Tue, January 22, 2019 By

Posted On Tue, January 22, 2019 By In Architecture, DUMBO, New Developments

Renderings courtesy of Williams New York

The future of the empty, former parking lot at 85 Jay Street was revealed last week when developers released new details and renderings of the highly-anticipated project. Named Front & York after its bordering streets, the development will be a 21-story residential and retail complex bringing 728 new apartments (a mix of condos and rentals) to the neighborhood. According to reporting by The Bridge, the development will be the largest yet in Dumbo and will supply enough housing to increase the population of the upscale neighborhood by 25 percent.

Front and York, 85 Jay Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Renderings courtesy of Williams New York

The building will be designed by Morris Adjmi, who is known for his work at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, the Theory Building in the Meatpacking District, and the Scholastic Building in Soho. In true Adjmi fashion, Front & York will draw on the architecture of its surroundings for inspiration. Arches on the ground floor are said to be inspired by the spandrels of the Manhattan Bridge while the facade echoes the neighborhood’s industrial warehouses.

The development boasts a generous and luxurious amenities package including an underground parking lot with space for 712 cars, a private park designed by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates—who planned the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park—a lounge, kids area, screening room, and rooftop swimming pools. Outside, the building will be framed by wide, tree-lined sidewalks to create a plaza-like feel.

Located across the street from the York Street F station, Front & York will also bring a selection of “highly curated retail” offerings intended to boost an underutilized corner of the neighborhood. “We are particularly excited for Jay Street continuing to develop as a retail corridor,” Alexandria Sica, executive director of the Dumbo Business Improvement District told The Bridge. “The dead zone that is the 85 Jay block will now feel very alive.”

The development started as a joint venture by Los Angeles-based CIM Group (one of the most active real estate developers in Brooklyn), Brooklyn-based LIVWRK and Kushner Companies in 2016. The three developers purchased the site for $345 million from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Kushner sold its stake to CIM in 2017. Construction is slated for completion in 2022 and new details about the building will be released toward the end of this year.

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