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AB Architekten, not Karl Fischer, will design the mixed-use luxury building that will replace Clinton Hill’s White Castle drive-in at 531 Myrtle Avenue. We received the first renderings of the planned development, above and after the jump, from TerraCRG, which is marketing the retail space.

In September a family trust sold the property to an LLC for $4,500,000, according to public records. Developer Greystone & Co. has replaced Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group, according to an item published in the Myrtle Avenue Partnership’s blog last week. Construction is expected to start in January.

Although no new building applications have been filed since we last looked at the property, the plans for the building described by TerraCRG sound as if they have not changed substantially. There will be 27 luxury apartments in the building with stores below. (No word yet on whether they will be condos or rentals.) The retail space on the ground floor will measure about 6,000 square feet with 14-foot ceilings and can be divided and built to suit, said TerraCRG. It will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.

“We expect to attract banks, food and beverage, pharmacies, and other uses targeting students and young families,” a spokeswoman told us. The development is across the street from Pratt, and the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Steuben Street will be part of the forthcoming Myrtle Avenue Plaza. The listing has not yet gone up online. Click through for more renderings and floor plans of the commercial space.

What do you think of the building design?

Clinton Hill White Castle Will Become a Karl Fischer-Designed Apartment Building [Brownstoner]
Renderings by AB Architekten (more…)

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Northern Greenpoint is abuzz with construction projects big and small, from the Greenpoint Landing megaproject on the waterfront to small buildings on the side streets. We checked in at 62 Box Street (above), which has risen to three stories so far. Eventually, it will have six stories and six units spread across 7,348 square feet of residential space, per new building permits. The applicant of record is Roman Sorokko of Versatile Engineering. 

The design of the building is much better than the average small project in these parts, we think. Click through to see a previously published rendering from the construction fence. 

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Isaac Reynolds, 196-202 Mac D St. CB, PS

Isaac Delamater Reynolds began his career at a time when many of our row house blocks were not designed by architects as we know them now. They were designed and built by builders, carpenters and masons who used plan books and their own extensive experience to build this mostly speculative housing. Sure, there were architects around, but they were busy with other things, like churches, banks, schools and other commercial buildings, or were designing homes for the wealthy. Some of them, like Minard Lefever and Alexander Jackson Davis, were also busy writing those plan and style books that the builders were using.

Reynolds was a contemporary of Amzi Hill, and both men designed in the same neighborhoods. They got their training before the Civil War, and both began practicing in Brooklyn in the early 1860s. Isaac Reynolds didn’t leave much of a personal footprint, unlike later architects like Montrose Morris,William Tubby and Rudolfe Daus, but he left a legacy of buildings that can be matched by only a few. (more…)

610 warren street gowanus rendering

Developer Adam America has released a rendering for its latest project in the Gowanus/Park Slope borderlands along 4th Avenue. The seven-story apartment building at 610 Warren Street will be stucco with large divided windows. We like the top of the building but wish there were a bit more going on at the street level, such as more windows or doors or stores rather than blank walls.

Building design along 4th Avenue has been much criticized for its lack of stores or other features at ground level that would make the area more inviting and pleasant to walk. This building is not directly on the avenue, but just off it, between 3rd and 4th avenues in Gowanus.

New York YIMBY first published the design for the 31-unit development, which has 16 parking spots on the ground floor and 36,000 square feet of residential space. Architects Issac and Stern first filed permits in late September. The property is currently home to a one-story garage and car rental business, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the garage.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 610 Warren Street, Boerum Hill [YIMBY]  GMAP
Adam America Plans Seven Stories of Apartments in Gowanus [Brownstoner]

yotel 280 meeker avenue williamsburg cetra ruddy

YIMBY unearthed this unusual cantilevered rendering for the planned Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, but architects CetraRuddy told the blog that this design wasn’t chosen. Yotel announced developer Synapse Capital will build a 110-unit hotel with 100,000 square feet and stores in a press release last week.

Since the building will rise on a trapezoidal site next to the BQE, this look would certainly have been eye-catching from the highway. CetraRuddy said the design lent itself to creating amenity spaces for the condos and public areas for the hotel: “The project scope included developing several schemes to accommodate micro-unit layouts, designed to minimize private/room space while maximizing public/amenity space.”

The hotel may have “as many as eight condominiums on the top floor,” and construction will finish in 2016, according to a Bloomberg story that ran last week.

Click through for a few more renderings.

Vision: Yotel Planned for Williamsburg at 646 Lorimer Street [NYY] GMAP
Renderings by CetraRuddy

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Noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi will design a seven-story mixed-use condo building, above, to replace the one-story laundromat at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.

The building at 472 Atlantic Avenue will have 31 apartments and a total of 63,629 square feet, including 6,982 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to a new-building application filed yesterday. The building will have north and south sections with their own entrances. Retail will occupy the north side along Atlantic Avenue, according to the Schedule A. Residents will enter on the south side of the building, from Pacific Street.

Avery Hall Investments and Aria Development Group are the developers. Morris Adjmi’s other projects include the Wythe Hotel and 70 Henry.

The residential portion will have 16 parking spaces, 60 bike parking spots, a fitness room and storage spaces. The L-shaped property, which extends through the block from Atlantic to Pacific between Nevins and 3rd Avenue, sold for $18,025,000 in July, according to public records.

The brick and dark metal, the stepped facade with the first three floors mirroring the proportions of the surrounding brownstones, and the tall and narrow windows seem like a good fit for the neighborhood. We think it’s a big improvement over what is there now.

Revealed: Morris Adjmi-Designed Condos at 472 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill [NYY]
Laundromat on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill Will Become Apartments [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Morris Adjmi via NYY 

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We found this rendering on the construction fence at 49 Franklin Street, but what is actually rising at the long-empty lot on the corner of Calyer Street in Greenpoint does not seem to match the rendering.

Building permits approved in September call for a three-story building with two apartments over ground floor retail space. There will be 2,078 square feet of residential space on the top two floors, and 1,259 square feet of commercial space at street level.

The new building has topped out, windows are in, and insulation and sheathing are going onto the structure.

We think the rendering looks pretty good, if a little gimmicky, with a more or less 19th-century-style top and modern-style storefront below, as if the retail space had subsequently been added to an older, already existing building. But if you click through to check out the construction site below, you will see the windows on the upper two floors are a completely different style and not aligned at top as they are in the drawing.

Unless a building is in a landmarked area, which this one is not, a builder has no obligation to make a development look a certain way, as long as the specifications for size and use match what has been approved by the Department of Buildings.

We hope, though, that in this case the builder conforms to the rest of the rendering, and includes the cement lintels and some kind of cornice. In fact, a simplified one might look better.

What do you think? GMAP

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634 dean street rendering

Commercial brokerage TerraCRG bought a former factory at 634 Dean Street in Prospect Heights and plans to renovate it to serve as a new headquarters. TerraCRG sent us this rendering of the 6,600-square-foot building between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, which is being designed by architect Ole Sondresen.

The new offices will have multiple conference rooms, an employee lounge, a wellness center, a chef’s kitchen and an elevator, and will be decorated with art and furniture made by Brooklyn artists. Ole Sondresen has won awards for revamping Etsy’s Dumbo offices and transforming one of the landmarked Greenpoint pencil factory buildings into office space for Kickstarter.

The firm purchased the two-story structure in June for $2,650,000, according to public records. It’s four blocks from TerraCRG’s current office at 592 Pacific Street, across from the Barclays Center.

The renovation will wrap in mid-2015, TerraCRG told us. Click through to see what the building looks like now. GMAP

Rendering by Zabie Mustafa for Ole Sondresen Architect; photo below via TerraCRG

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781 metropolitan avenue williamsburg rendering

The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.

Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.

Revealed: 781 Metropolitan Avenue, 81 Units Coming to East Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
White Castle in Williamsburg Has Closed [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Issac and Stern
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The new-construction townhouse at 259 Hoyt Street whose construction we have been following is now on the market and asking $2,749,000. The interiors strike a nice balance between modern and traditional that seems well suited to the neighborhood, in our opinion.

The overall look is not unusual for new construction, with its modern staircase and rear wall open to the garden, but it looks better executed than most, at least in the photos. The moldings have a little more heft and detail than usual, the modern-style windows and doors look large and substantial, and the kitchens and baths are nicely understated.

It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden rental. Click through to see more interior renderings.

We wish we had an updated photo of the exterior, and will try to get one soon. When we saw it last, it looked like it would fit in nicely with its older surroundings. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, according to permits.

Do you think this is an appealing new-construction townhouse? What do you think of the price?

259 Hoyt Street [Corcoran]
New Three-Story Brick House Going in on Hoyt [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran
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A press release from JMH Development and Madison Estates just landed in our in-box, and it says architect Morris Adjmi will design a “luxury boutique condominium development” at 70 Henry Street, the former home of Brooklyn Heights Cinema. As you may recall, Adjmi also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. We expect he’ll come up with something Landmarks will like in this spot.

“This project will work to both enhance the dynamic neighborhood with unique architecture, while filling the historic district’s inherent demand for new construction,” said a JMH Development exec in the release.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.

As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.

Apartment Design for Atlantic Avenue Gas Station Site Needs a Tuneup, Landmarks Decides [Eagle]
Landmarks Commission Not Ready to Approve New Building at 112 Atlantic Avenue [NYY]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by BKSK Architects via NYY