JLL closes sale of 470 Kent Ave. development site

Naftali Group acquires property on Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, NY

May 29, 2020

NEW YORK, May 29, 2020JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has closed on the sale of a development site at 470 Kent Ave. on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, N.Y., for Abraham Rosenberg. Naftali Group LLC, a leading privately held, global real estate development and investment firm run by CEO and Chairman Miki Naftali, acquired the property.

The development opportunity at 470 Kent Ave. comprises a 94,500-square-foot lot between Division Avenue and South 11th Street on the waterfront overlooking the East River. Certified Lumber occupies an existing building on the site and will announce a relocation to a nearby address as soon as appropriate. The lumber storage building will be demolished after a lease-back period. The property is located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone and has a versatile R7-3/C2-4 zoning designation that permits a wide array of uses and is perfect for a one-of-a-kind luxury residential or mixed-use complex.

The land at 470 Kent Ave. is on the edge of the thriving Brooklyn Navy Yard and is situated among several iconic waterfront developments like The Oosten, Eliot Spitzer’s Four Twenty Kent trio of towers, and the $1.5-billion Domino Refinery mega-development.

The property abuts the East River Ferry terminal and the Marcy Avenue J M Z train station, providing direct connections to DUMBO and Manhattan, both one stop away. Furthermore, the assemblage sits along the proposed path of the anticipated Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), adding to the attractiveness of the offering.

The JLL Capital Markets team representing the seller includes Vice Chairmen Brendan Maddigan and Stephen Palmese and Managing Directors Ethan Stanton, Winfield Clifford and Michael Mazzara, along with Senior Managing Director Robert Burton with Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

“This transaction speaks volumes to the resilience of New York City and the developer’s confidence to build a large-scale, Opportunity Zone project in an excellent, waterfront Williamsburg location,” Maddigan said. “It’s been a pleasure working with the professionals at Naftali Group and seeing their commitment to the progress of this site.”

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