Work resumes at Chetrit’s 500 Metropolitan project

From left: Joseph Chetrit, 500 Metropolitan Avenue and Gene Kaufman
From left: Joseph Chetrit, 500 Metropolitan Avenue and Gene Kaufman

The Chetrit Group has resumed construction at the stalled 500 Metropolitan Avenue site in Williamsburg, Brownstoner reported. The 15-story project will be mixed-use, with 148 hotel rooms and 81 residential units. Work appears to have started on the foundation, Brownstoner said.

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Once dubbed “the Gateway to Williamsburg,” the wedge-shaped glassy building is being developed by Chetrit with Gene Kaufman as the architect of record. The project was on thin ice since 2008, when it fell victim to the economic downturn, the Brooklyn blog said.

The project is slated for a 2015 completion. [Brownstoner]Zachary Kussin

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