In a Twist, Developer Envisions Offices—Not Apartments—for Williamsburg

Williamsburg already has become arguably the world’s hippest bedroom community. Now, a developer is betting that she can accelerate the Brooklyn neighborhood’s transformation into a high-rent office destination for technology and creative firms.

Toby Moskovits, a 37-year-old single mother who started her career working in technology venture capital, plans to break ground in the coming weeks on a nine-story building that one day could house 2,000 to 3,000 office workers and artisanal manufacturing workers.

The catch: Under city rules, Ms. Moskovits isn’t allowed to build a 400,000-square-foot, primarily office building at Kent Avenue and North 12th Street because it sits in a manufacturing zone.

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