7-Story Apartment Building Coming to Graham Avenue

By Serena Dai on July 14, 2014 3:02pm 

 The lot at 444 Graham Ave. will soon be filled with construction for a new 7-story apartment building.
The lot at 444 Graham Ave. will soon be filled with construction for a new 7-story apartment building.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A portion of Graham Avenue that primarily has three-story buildings will be joined by a 7-story apartment building as a long-delayed construction project begins.

Owner Marino Marble and Tiles originally planned to build a 14-story building at its former warehouse site, 444 Graham Ave., near Frost Street, according to Marcela Marino, office manager for her family's company.

But Greenpoint-Williamsburg Contextual Rezoning policy approved in 2009, intended to preserve the existing character of the neighborhood, stopped the plans, she said.

After years of no activity at the site, construction is set to start on a 7-story, 56-unit building this month, she said. It's expected to be completed by the end of next year, she said.

"It took a while to get everything approved," Marino said.

Marino's family moved the marble and tile business to 1014 Grand St. so they could build on the old property, Marino said.

The new development will be an elevator building with 30 outdoor parking spaces, 28 indoor bike parking spaces, a laundry room and a rooftop terrace, Department of Building records show.

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