The towers, which were designed by the firms Bjarke Ingels Group and James Corner Field Operations, are looking to secure a rezoning approval later this year, but not without significant pushback from the community.
Titled “River Ring,” the project has been in the works since December 2019 but moved back its initial timeline due to the pandemic. Planning resumed this past February.
The development will include 1,250 apartments, 60,000 square feet of office space, 23,000 square feet of retail, a YMCA with a pool and indoor track, public park, and parking garage. Approximately 300 of the units will be affordable.
The towers will be 49 stories and 64 stories, making them the tallest structures in Williamsburg. The site is currently zoned for manufacturing.
Two Trees is hoping to push the project through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and break ground later this year. The first ULURP hearing for the project is scheduled for later this month.
However, the group Sustainable Williamsburg is opposed to the plan, calling it a reckless example of city planning.
“Our city desperately needs money to recover,” the group posted on their website, “we need to end the practice of giving wealthy developers massive tax breaks that should be given to schools, infrastructure, the MTA, and real affordable housing.”
The group claims the developer is fast-tracking the project because it has the support of the current councilman, Stephen Levin, who will be forced from office at the end of the year due to term limits.
Last October, Sustainable Williamsburg secured signatures from all eight candidates running for Levin’s seat this fall opposing the rezoning.