10 Lexington Ave Clinton Hill Apartment Development

An old one-story factory that occupied most of its large lot at 10 Lexington Avenue in Clinton Hill was torn down last year to make way for a five story building with 81 apartments. Construction on the new building started this year, and now the walls are up to the second story, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit.

The apartments will average 683 square feet each, suggesting they will be rentals. A graffiti-covered drawing of the building shows a plain facade with symmetrical windows and balconies. There is no indication of the facade materials. (more…)

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The long abandoned Empire Stores warehouse complex along the Brooklyn waterfront is slated to open to the public in spring 2016, but from both inside and outside the antiquated structure appears nowhere close to complete.

“It’s topped out, we’re just putting in the finishing touches over the next 30 days,” developer Midtown Equities Director of Leasing David Beare told Brownstoner on a recent hard-hat tour.

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There has been steady progress at The Hub, aka 333 Schermerhorn Street, the 53-story rental tower from developer Douglas Steiner of Steiner Studios. One of the current crop of tall towers going up in downtown Brooklyn, the 581-unit building has reached the half way mark of its 577-foot final height.

Along with the progress in height, installation of the red brick cladding and windows for the tower has begun as well. When we last checked in, the tower portion of the development has risen to about the fifth floor. (more…)

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The future site of Whole Foods, at 242 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is looking sleek and glassy, despite a recent change of construction crews. After years of little apparent activity, the exterior facade started going up on the Bedford Avenue site in May, and now the full effect of the glassy cube or tower at the top of the corner of Bedford and North 4th Street can be seen.

In fact, it can be seen right through — and visible inside are some stacked building materials. While workers kit out the interior, they are also still busy putting the finishing touches on the exterior on the other side of the complex, along Berry Street. (more…)

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The foundation is finished, and the steel structure has just passed the first floor at the big build replacing the old Weinstein hardware store on the corner of Tompkins and Halsey, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit. As readers will recall, a six-story building with 44 apartments is planned here at 420 Tompkins Avenue.

Weinstein’s had been closed for a few years, and the low-slung building occupied a large lot with unused FAR. Many such properties are now under construction in Bed Stuy, which is booming with development. (more…)

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As Bed Stuy booms with construction, three small apartment buildings are filling in three empty lots that have been vacant for decades here on Halsey Street between Patchen Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard. The projects appear to be related and share an architect although the owners are different. Altogether they will bring 19 more units to this busy street.

Furthest along is the building at the far left, 672 Halsey. It will have eight units, according to the new-building permit.

The exterior appears to be nearly finished, and work continues on the inside. It has not yet received its certificate of occupancy. (more…)

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Forest City and Greenland Forest City Partners’ 17-building mega development, Pacific Park, is finally moving forward at a steady pace on all four active building sites.

Construction of the residential towers started in 2013 with SHoP Architects’ 461 Dean Street (aka B2), a 32-story modular tower of 363 units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After a messy dispute in 2014 between the developers and the construction team, Skanska, which brought the project to a halt, the stacking resumed this past spring. (Note: Greenland is not involved in 461 Dean Street — it is owned by Forest City only.)

Units have been stacked up to the 17th floor at the site, nestled up close to Barclays Center on the corner of Flatbush Avenue. There are only two floors left to go before the final rectangular volume rises at the center of the three-volume massing design. (more…)

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After a long period of preparation, the big project on the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street in Gowanus is rising and now up to the fourth floor, we saw when we passed by this weekend. Developers Adam America, Slate Property Group and the Naveh Shuster Group are planning a 12-story building here at 237 11th Street.

There was little sign of activity through the winter, and work on the foundation started in the spring.

The development, which previously went by the address 470 4th Avenue, will have 105 market-rate rental apartments as well as ground-floor retail, as we have reported before. There will also be a courtyard, medical office, gym and 29 underground parking spots. (more…)

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Department of Building records indicate this otherwise ordinary looking building and its neighbors here at 91 Ralph Avenue in east Bed Stuy have had a drama-filled year.

The owner, a small Brooklyn-based developer, received a permit to enlarge the existing three-story apartment building in June 2014. Plans called for adding another story plus a mezzanine, increasing the height of the building from 30 feet to 51 feet, increasing the total square footage of the building from 3,200 to 5,115, and doubling the number of apartments from four to eight.

Since that permit was issued, neighbors have filed 17 complaints against the construction project, alleging damage to neighboring buildings (such as a neighboring foundation wall that “caved in”), demolishing the existing building without a permit, and erecting a new building without the proper permit. (more…)

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Finally, some action at 1255 Bushwick Avenue, where Brookland Capital has been planning a conversion of the former St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church into apartments. The developer has been steadily chipping away at the old building, and now it’s down to just a facade.

It’s braced in place, and ready for a foundation to be dug and an addition to rise behind it. The property is extensive and goes back deep into the block, wraps around the house next door, and continues out to the next side street. (more…)

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The walls are rising high at the large apartment building going up at 75 Ralph Avenue in east Bed Stuy. The structure has reached its total height of six stories on one side and five stories on the other.

The 57-unit apartment house is designed by architect Charles Mallea and replaced a strip-mall-style laundromat with a large parking lot. The building, located between Madison and Putnam, is one of the largest new buildings under way on this side of the neighborhood.

Most projects are smaller infill. The development is part of a building boom under way in Bed Stuy and, more generally, in Brooklyn, as housing prices rise here. (more…)

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As new life comes to many formerly vacant lots and neglected buildings in Williamsburg, this four-story, mixed-use building going up at 202 Grand Street is filling in a long-empty lot on this thoroughfare of boutiques and restaurants.

It is just down the street from the corner of Bedford, where Flemish brasserie Witlof is getting ready to open in a grand space that was defunct for decades. (more…)