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Development Notebook: The New Neighbor on Ainslie

December 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

This is a new six-story building with 12 units going up at 209 Ainslie Street near Union Avenue, a block made up mostly of two- and three-story wood framed homes. The permits for the building were issued in 2006, so it’s been underway for a while. It’s also apparently been quite popular with some of the neighbors, logging about 35 complaints, including a whole bunch for working in violation of Stop Work Orders. The first word that comes into our mind when we consider it is “contextual.” It blends, doesn’t it?

Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 suck it, developers // Dec 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    A little solace: the a-holes putting these things up are paying through the nose for materials and labor, and the units will likely sit empty for a long time or be sold at steep discounts. There’s some shit like this next door to my house in the same neighborhood and it’s been complete (and empty) for almost a year.

  • 2 jerk // Dec 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Holy christ, you people will fight to protect anything, won’t you? this is a SIX STORY BUILDING replacing TWO STORY VINYL SIDED CRAPSHACKS! It may not be the most beautiful thing in the world, but these kinds of buildings are the absolute smallest that should be permitted in an area so well served by transit. Jeez.

  • 3 Jake // Dec 7, 2008 at 2:01 am

    I agree with “jerk”. The thing to hope for is for the crap next door to be torn down and replaced by more 6-8 story improvements.

  • 4 mouse // Dec 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    jerk thinks this area is well served by transit…most mornings i wait for 3 trains to go by before i can get on one