Community Board Two will vote on whether or not to landmark the 88th Precinct building in Clinton Hill at its general meeting this Wednesday. They have said in the past they support landmarking the 120-year-old Romanesque Revival structure at 298 Classon only if a new home is built for the 88th Precinct.
“The police department has been looking for a new location for at least the last 14 years but could never find a space that’s adequate,” board member Lawrence Whiteside told DNAinfo last month. “If we landmark it now then they will be even more limited in their ability to do anything with it.”
This nicely renovated three-bedroom in Crown Heights seems like a good value. The living room is well-sized, and its three windows help open up the room. That framed exposed brick behind the drywall is interesting too. The kitchen looks narrow, but the appliances are brand new and the island offers additional counter space. There are two nicely sized bedrooms and one rather narrow one at 7 feet by 12 feet; they all have closets and windows, according to the listing. For $733 a person, it’s a decent apartment. What do you think of it for $2,200 a month?
It looks like the foundation is going in for a five-story building at 588 Myrtle on the corner of Classon. The lot has been empty since the previous owners demolished a three-story house in 2007. We first reported on potential development here way back in 2008, and there have been a few aborted development plans since then. New building permits issued in May call for a five-story residential building with 16 units and 11,065 square feet. The property was sold to an LLC in August 2012 for $1,270,000, according to public records. The developer is called Velocity Framers, and the architect is De-Jan Lu. GMAP
The Toll Brothers decided to embrace the design aesthetics of Brooklyn Bridge Park when building their newest luxury condo development, Pierhouse. Every unit will have its own $400 composter and wood floors reclaimed from Dumbo’s waterfront warehouses, reported The New York Daily News. Architect Jonathan Marvel lined the building’s base with the same granite used in the Brooklyn Bridge. It may be “the most Brooklyn of condos,” said Curbed. Already 4,500 people have signed up for information on the building’s 108 units, which are still under construction in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The apartments range from one- to five-bedrooms and are mostly duplexes with double height living rooms and 18-foot-high windows. Eighty percent of the units will have private outdoor space, and kitchens will have marble countertops and solid American walnut cabinetry with Gaggenau appliances. Master bathrooms will feature soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers, and marble floors and walls.
Building amenities include a yoga room, multiple gyms, an outdoor terrace, several lounges, on-site underground parking , bike storage, 24-hour concierge services, and access to amenities in the hotel at the north end of the site. Brooklyn Bridge Park landscape architect Michael van Valkenburg will design the development’s public outdoor spaces.
The condo building’s west-facing side, looking out over the East River, will have a limestone facade, and the east-facing side, looking down on Furman Street, will be clad in anodized aluminum paneling. The 200-room 1 Hotel, at the northernmost edge of the development, will have a 12,000-square-foot event space and farm-to-table restaurant by Seamus Mullen. Starwood is developing the hotel, and INC Architecture and Design is designing the interiors.
To protect the site from future floods and storms, the architects set the first level of apartments 11 feet above the required flood level and moved all the mechanicals from the basement to an upper floor, according to Curbed. There’s also an emergency generator to power elevators and unit appliances, and the driveway into the garage has a flood gate.
Apple is “looking closely” at Two Trees’ BAM South site and a converted brick factory building on Bedford between North 3rd and North 4th for its first Brooklyn location, The Real Deal reported. Rumors have been flying about Apple’s first Brooklyn store since 2008, but so far none have come to pass, including a location on Bedford and North 7th. Neither Apple nor its brokers, Open Realty Advisors, commented on the story.
TRD quoted four anonymous sources who contradicted each other. Two said the tech giant is interested in the planned 381-unit rental at 286 Ashland Place known as BAM South (pictured), just a stone’s throw from the Barclay’s Center in Fort Greene. Another two “disputed that information,” said TRD, alleging the current frontrunner is 247 Bedford Avenue, owned by RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital.
The Two Trees development has the high-rise metal and glass aesthetic that Apple seems to favor, particularly in its 5th Avenue and Chelsea stores. However, the Soho store is in a converted loft building much like 247 Bedford.
Apple currently has five Manhattan stores: Soho, 5th Avenue, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Grand Central. And they have a sixth one in Staten Island. What do you think would be the ideal spot for them in Brooklyn?
A tipster tells us that a group of Chinese investors paid $18,500,000 for a big piece of property at 2300 Cropsey Avenue in Gravesend at a state foreclosure auction yesterday. The 45,688-square-foot property, which is sandwiched between Cropsey and Bay Parkway at 23rd Avenue, currently houses a six-story building with a demolished interior that’s zoned as a nursing home. The existing building is 85,619 square feet.
However, an old listing from Massey Knakal notes that the previous owner had acquired additional air rights to construct a 30-story mixed-use development with 264 apartments, 81,378 square feet of community space and an underground parking garage. With the new air rights, the site can hold a new development of up to 275,000 square feet.
The site’s previous owner was Russian developer Alexander Gurevich, whom then-Attorney General Cuomo banned from selling condos and co-ops in New York State for three years in 2010, The Real Deal reported last year. When plans for the massive development didn’t materialize, Gurevich defaulted on his construction loans and mortgage to the tune of $17,030,000.
After fees and penalties, the lien on the property is $27,024,325, according to foreclosure documents. The defaulted mortgage, once held by Lehman Brothers, is now held by a Swedish bank that took over dozens of former Lehman mortgages. The last time we wrote about 2300 Cropsey was in 2010, when we highlighted it for having the most DOB violations.
The City Planning Commission voted unanimously in support of outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to revamp the former Childs Restaurant in Coney Island and turn it into an amphitheater and upscale eatery, Brooklyn Paper reported.
However, local residents are less than thrilled about the plan, which will require $53,000,000 in city funds to transform the landmarked but dilapidated 89-year-old building. Neighborhood activists told the newspaper that the money would be better spent repairing Coney’s hurricane-shattered infrastructure, which still suffers from occasional heat and power outages, in addition to sewers that flood when it rains.
And others worried about the traffic and noise from the planned venue, which Markowitz hopes will host 40 concerts a year. The community board voted down Markowitz’s plan two months ago, and Landmarks approved it over the summer.