Haute 100: Aby Rosen, LIVWRK & Jared Kushner to Create Public Space in DUMBO

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LIVWRK, Jared Kushner’s Kushner Companies and Haute 100 lister Aby Rosen’s RFR Holding are slated to create a two-block-long public space alongside their new Dumbo Heights project. According to the Wall Street Journal, the developers will pace the public space called Street Seats on the Sands Street side of the 1.2-million-square-foot urban campus.

Street Seats, which developers hope will become a social hub for individuals working in the campus, will be designed by La Fantastica LLC, which goes by Fantastica. The Street Seats will be comparable to an adult playground.

In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Asher Abehsera, chief executive of LIVWRK, said, “We wanted to provide a downstairs experience for the end user, the tenants, so they can have a continuation of a collaborative environment without having to stay at their desks.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the forthcoming Dumbo complex, it is a five-building campus along the East River waterfront in Dumbo, Brooklyn that comprises more than 1.2 million square feet of office, retail and high-tech space. In addition to the number of business that will soon reside in the campus, amenities will include bicycle storage, common roof deck, outdoor plazas and dining areas, gourmet food market, health and wellness facilities, on-site building management and much more. The complex’s mission is “Creation of a mixed use urban campuses pm the waterfront in the heart of the Brooklyn the tech triangle.”

LIVWRK, Jared Kushner’s Kushner Companies and Rosen purchased the property in 2014 for $375 million, and are spending roughly $100 million on renovations. Since then, the campus has a number of businesses who has signed leases including WeWork Cos., Etsy Inc. and jewelry designer Alexis Bittar Inc. Retail tenants include luestone Lane coffee shop, Dig Inn, Randolph Beer brew pub and boutique fitness studio Shadowbox, the company’s second New York location.

Featured photo via Dumbo Heights