Project # 1
970 Kent Avenue
9 stories 126 feet (Renovation + 2 story addition)
Elissa Winzelberg Architect
Dev-970 Kent Avenue Associates
103 units 146,342 Sq. Ft.
Under Construction 2004-2005
Fancy-pants real estate
Ex-undie factory goes condo
BY HUGH SON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Work is underway to turn a Clinton Hill building where workers once made underwear into a tony condominium with views of Manhattan.
Some observers believe the conversion of the former Kaiser Underwear factory at 970 Kent Ave. marks the arrival of the neighborhood as a coveted residential area.
Each of the loft-style apartments will boast a wall of large windows - some of which have city views - and will sell for between $350,000 and $500,000, said Highlyann Krasnow of the Developers Group, which is handling sales for the project.
"You'll have amazing windows that run throughout the full length of the room," Krasnow said.
"This building is interesting because there aren't very many condo conversions in Clinton Hill at all - because it's a landmarked district, there's not very much new construction," she added.
Ground-floor apartments in the Kent building will have private patios, and penthouse units will have terraces, said architect and developer Elissa Winzelberg.
"They're fabulous apartments with really high ceilings," said Winzelberg, who explained that she designed the apartments to be especially well-lit because she felt some loft apartments tended to have poor natural lighting. The developers added a duplex penthouse level to the seven-story building, which was built in 1915 and used by the underwear manufacturers until the 1970s, said Winzelberg.
She expects The Kent - which will have apartments ranging from 941 to 1,327 square feet - to be finished toward the end of the year, though apartments are for sale now.
Other amenities in the 103-unit building will include a private courtyard with a running track and a full-time doorman.
The Kent conversion comes amidst a boom in real estate values in Clinton Hill, said Suzanne DeBrango, a real estate agent at Brooklyn Properties' Fort Greene office.
"Prices are a bit lower compared to Park Slope, which is a long-established residential neighborhood," DeBrango said, "but they are coming up so fast that the difference is almost negligible."
The average brownstone in the neighborhood now costs about $1.1 million, and a one-bedroom costs between $220,000 and $350,000, DeBrango said.
Originally published on July 22, 2004