We can only hope the leases include a side of chicken rings.
A month after the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg closed abruptly, a developer has revealed it plans to build an eight-story apartment building in its place. The news was not welcomed by a neighbor, who said that the area has been taxed by new luxury housing enough already.
“More apartment buildings are the last thing we need in this neighborhood,” said Carl Sargent, who lives a few blocks away.
The developer bought the land under the fast-food joint known for its late hours last year. At the time, the eatery’s operators said they didn’t know when it would close, and it finally did without warning at the end of September.
The developer Adamamerica plans to build an 81-unit complex with retail space on the ground floor, taking up the area currently occupied by the fast-food fortress and its parking lot. The new building is also set to include a gym and rooftop access. The developer plans to offer one fifth of the apartments for below-market rates.
The family-run White Castle chain, which has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1930s and served as the muse for many early Beastie Boys songs, opened the little white eatery at Humboldt Street in 1992, but did not own the land underneath it.