263 Bedford rendering

A former parking lot at 263 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg has been quietly transforming into a six-story, mixed-use building.

Located at the corner of North 1st Street, the site is slated for a 60-foot-tall structure with 14 apartments, according to the plan exam application filed in 2011 and approved in 2012. There will be 18,265 square feet of residential space and 3,510 square feet of ground-level commercial space, as Brownstoner first reported.

The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and the development will have underground parking for eight cars. There will be three apartments per floor, except for the sixth floor, which will have two units.

The city’s Office of Environmental Remediation removed an underground fuel tank and decontaminated the area in 2012 after the owner enrolled in the OER’s voluntary cleanup program, Brownstoner reported.

The site, located next to the Metropolitan Recreation Center, was used as a police station from the 1930s to the 1970s, according to the OER report. The owner, John Hermanowski, bought the 8,214-square-foot property in 1986, according to public records.

Completion is anticipated for Spring 2015, says on-site signage. Construction shots below (note the stop work order, dated May 2nd):

263 Bedford

263 Bedford stop work

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