500 Kent is located within Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) and looks out onto the Navy Yard’s Barge Basin. Following soil remediation work, the site sat fallow as South Williamsburg upscaled around it. The Schaefer Landing development and its New York Ferry slip are just to the north. Just inland is Oosten, whose two-acre site once part of the Schaefer Beer brewery holds 216 condos currently priced from $995K. Across from it is 420 Kent Avenue, where a trio of Transformer-like rental towers developed by Elliott Spitzer are finishing construction. Across Division Avenue from the demolished power station is the Certified Lumber site which was rezoned in 2011 to allow roughly 800 units of housing.
Earlier this year, a pair of renderings emerged from the CGI firm of MOTIV Studio. Resembling a cross between Midtown’s Hearst Magazine Tower and the Gherkin in London (both designed by Lord Norman Foster), they show a prismatic diagrid tower of about 35 floors topped with trees and a facade adorned with vegetated areas. The renderings appear to be new judging from One Manhattan Square rising in the distance, but it is unknown if the design is being seriously considered.
I agree this is neat looking.