Brooklyn turnaround continues with another Hallmark development

Brooklyn turnaround continues with another Hallmark development
Site work is underway for another mixed-use development on Riverside Avenue in the Brooklyn area.

Ground is being moved around for Vista Brooklyn, a 308-unit mixed-use development at 200 Riverside Ave., immediately north of 220 Riverside/Unity Plaza and across the street from the Winston Family YMCA, as site work begins. 

The $55 million joint venture between Jacksonville-based Hallmark Partners and Nashville-based Bristol Development Group includes private equity firm MountainStar Capital, general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie, J. Davis Architects and Rhode Island based Citizens Bank.

In addition to the residential aspect, which includes a 10th-level club/pool deck amenity space overlooking the St. Johns river and rooftop dog park, Vista Brooklyn will also include 13,000-square-feet of retail space with a retail promenade along Riverside Avenue.  

Construction of Vista Brooklyn commenced in January 2019, with an estimated completion date of January 2021, according to Keith Goldfaden, managing partner, NAI Hallmark. 

Also under construction review along that same stretch of Riverside Avenue is an 11,451-square-foot retail center, as yet unnamed, by The Ferber Co. Plans indicate the two buildings will include both retail and restaurants.

Considered part of the downtown area, the Brooklyn neighborhood was originally residential in its 19th-century beginnings, then developed into a commercial and industrial area after the turn of the century. In 1955, the opening of the Riverside YMCA, later renamed the Claude J. Yates Family YMCA, heralded a lengthy rebuilding of the community. Ten years after that, Preston Haskell founded Haskell next door to the Y. 

More recently, in 2012, the development at 220 Riverside ignited a resurgence in the Brooklyn area and was soon followed by Brooklyn Station on Riverside, a mixed-use development which includes an apartment complex, Fresh Market, and a variety of retail, restaurant and commercial businesses. In 2016, the new Winston Family Y opened in August and a few months later the former Yates YMCA was razed for parking.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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