Thursday, October 03, 2013

Here Comes Something HUGE: Nassau Brewery Complex on the Market for $18 Million

The Real Deal reports that the owner of the old Nassau Brewery on Franklin between Bergen and Dean has sold a significant portion of the property to Terra CRG, who are listing it at $18 million. Being next door to 1000 Dean ain't going to hurt, and neither is the upzoning of Franklin. The owner had been in talks with the CHCA to build a "contextual" development, but after losing his financing in the crash, he's sold off a big chunk of the space. It'll take a little while, but given the pace of change around here, I doubt it will be too long before this sells. This project may well make 341 Eastern Parkway look small when all is said and done. 

From the article:

A large mixed-use development site in a recently rezoned area of Crown Heights is up for grabs for $18 million, with the potential for a 100,000-square-foot residential project, according to commercial brokerage TerraCRG, which is marketing the property.
The site, at 608-614 Franklin Avenue on the corner of Dean Street, will hit the market a week after the City Council approved a rezoning of Crown Heights West.
With the modified zoning in place, a new owner could build a residential project of up to 100,875 square feet as of right, as long as he or she includes affordable units for low-income families either in the development or off-site.
“The continued development of Franklin Avenue, coupled with the recent rezoning of Crown Heights West, has led to the current owner’s decision to sell a portion of the site,” said Melissa DiBella of Terra, who is marketing the property alongside colleagues Ofer Cohen, Dan Marks, Peter Matheos and Michael Hernandez.
The 21,929-square-foot site was formerly home to the Nassau Brewery, which brewed there until 1914, when the complex was snapped up by the HJ Heinz Company as a factory for the production of canned goods. It is now mostly vacant.
The site’s owner, Crow Hill Development, had plans to develop on the land after buying it for $7.5 million in 2008 but lost construction financing during the economic crisis. Crow Hill plans to retain another part of the property, which it will still develop, DiBella said.
In the run up to the rezoning, Crown Heights underwent somewhat of a renaissance, as home buyers and hipster-friendly businesses adopted the neighborhood.
Indeed, a block from the site, a joint venture between Jonathan Butler, founder of the Brooklyn blog Brownstoner, BFC Partners, and the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group is converting an historic 140,000-square-foot factory building at 1000 Dean Street into office space creative tenants, and developer Empire State Management is building a 25-unit residential property at 1705 Dean Street.
The vacancy rate for rental apartments in Brooklyn is 4.3 percent, according to TerraCRG’s research, while the average rent is $2,300 a month.


  1. Wait—the brewery's former ice house and Heinz building are already occupied. Are those for sale? Which buildings are we talking about?

  2. See the PDF on this link for answer.

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  4. Great topic and wonderful information! A little history lesson in art appreciation...I feel a little smarter already.

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