By the Yard: Brooklyn's New Construction Townhouses

Brooklyn’s growth in popularity has been well-documented over the past few years, and over the decade or so that neighborhoods like Williamsburg have been growing, young families are starting to emerge who still appreciate the neighborhood-centric, and vaguely suburban, pace of life that’s still present in the outer borough.

That said, it’s no real surprise that developers are resuming investment in the borough's townhouses: Brooklyn's brownstones and rowhouses have massive curb appeal, and are pretty attractive for families looking for a slower pace (at least compared to the rush often found in Manhattan).

Brownstones are characteristic of decidedly classic neighborhoods, like Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill, and developers have taken note of this growing demand in a market with an obviously limited number of pre-war brownstones.  This also proves a boon to buyers who might find old floorplans — and the complications of renovating an old structure — less than appealing.

With that in mind, a row of new construction townhouses are set for construction right across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Though the Navy Yard is still used commercially (B2 BKLYN’s modular units are constructed there), the area is listed as a historic district, and some old buildings are protected; but close by, some tracts are up for redevelopment.  Back in 2004, Mayor Bloomberg had planned to redevelop the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s former brig site, which was subsequently converted into a civilian prison, into something more appealing.

Two firms, Dunn and L+M, are working in conjunction with the Pratt Area Community Council to develop a block of 23 townhouses.  Located at 17-35 Clermont Avenue and 14-38 Vanderbilt Avenue, the family-oriented Navy Green Townhouses will join two extant mid-rises, and include 32,000 square feet of recreation space with a lawn, garden, and playground.  Design teams from Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and FXFowle are on board, and present renderings are just what you’d expect from modern, yet context-aware, rowhouses — red brick, massive industrial casement windows, and largely unadorned facades.

Construction will be conducted in two phases, with the first opening in 2015, and the second in 2016.