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It’s been about two years since Chetrit Group broke ground on the long-stalled — and also big and ambitious — mixed-use hotel/apartment/retail complex at 500 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, and not much has happened since. But when we stopped by yesterday, we saw hardhats working on the foundation. Last time we peeked, it was just dirt, so this is a major advance.

In the meantime, after already changing once before, it seems the architect has switched again, from Gene Kaufman to Kutnicki Bernstein, and the design has also changed – we are now on Version No. 5. About a month ago, Curbed dug up interior renderings on the website of Raad Studio, which appears to be handling the inside.

The renderings are pretty mind blowing. How do you like the sexy siren hanging out at the indoor-outdoor fire pits, above? There’s also a babe in a pool — and a pretty good looking bathroom — with a shower that strikes us as roomy enough for two. (See them all here, in full size glory.)

Click through for lots of construction-site photos and to see a progression of exterior renderings over seven years. This should be quite the development, if it ever gets built. What do you think of it?

500 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
502 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Raad Studio

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It looks like a sizable brick apartment building, but 22-28 Troutman Street, on a prominent corner of Bushwick Avenue near Myrtle, is actually five townhouses on five tax lots with two units each, according to permits. They looked close to complete and we could see workmen finishing up the interiors when we stopped by a few weeks ago.

Each house consists of an upper triplex and a lower duplex, spread across four levels labelled as a basement, two floors and a penthouse. The square footage of each is just under 2,200, which seems improbably small. But permits call them three-story buildings, and that’s what they look like in person.

Owner Pine Realty Corp. of Brooklyn bought the property in 2012 for $900,000, according to public records. The architect is Bahram Tehrani.

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Two Trees has broken ground on the first building in the Domino Sugar complex, according to a press release we just received. It’s Site E, above, where the temporary Havemeyer Park was located, on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets. (Click through to see a rendering showing all the buildings.)

The 16-story building at 317 Kent Avenue will have 500 rental units, including 105 affordable units. It is expected to wrap in 2017. The developer also started rebuilding the waterfront pier, which will eventually house a five-acre public part, it said.

The reconstruction of the bulkhead and pier will take about 12 to 18 months. The James Corner Field Operations-designed park will include lawns, gardens, playing fields and better streets to make it easier to get to the waterfront. There will also be an elevated “artifact walk,” as previously reported, “modeled after the High Line,” with such finds as syrup tanks and cranes from the factory.

The SHoP-designed building will be clad in zinc and copper, with many terraces, a “dramatic courtyard,” views, and careful siting framed by pubic spaces, said the release. There will also be “small scale neighborhood” shops on the ground floors.

The affordable units will be aimed at residents earning 60 percent of the area median income, aka $33,560 to $50,340 for a family of four.

By the way, the now-closed pop-op Havemeyer Park will be relocated and open again somewhere on the Domino site this summer!

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The entire City Point mall at 1 Dekalb Avenue is shut for construction until 2016, a guard told us yesterday when we stopped by. Armani Exchange moved out two weeks ago, he said.

Armani Exchange was the first tenant in the building and opened in 2012. Century 21, CityTarget, and Alamo Drafthouse have also signed leases, but have not yet opened. A sign in front of the building lists Century 21, Alamo Drafthouse and A/X as tenants.

A taco stand outside in front, the only thing open when we stopped by, seemed busy.

We have reached out to City Point PR and will update if we hear anything more. Click through for more photos.

Update: We received this statement from Paul Travis, managing partner of Washington Square Partners and co-developer of City Point:
“Armani Exchange’s short-term lease expired and Century 21 Department Store is taking possession to begin construction of its multi-level, 145,000-square-foot space. We’d like to thank Armani Exchange for playing a significant role in promoting City Point and for its commitment to hiring local residents, which falls in line with our philosophy of ‘By Brooklyn, For Brooklyn.’ We’re looking forward to the possibility of them returning to City Point in the future.”

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The scaffolding has come down at 177 Harrison Avenue to reveal a nearly complete religious school in the Broadway Triangle area. The building, which will house Bais Ruchel High School for girls, is considerably more elaborate than the simple cement block apartment buildings common in the area, with big arched windows and bands of trim accenting red brick. It departs significantly from the rendering, however, which can be seen after the jump.

Congregation Y.G.S. at 174 Rodney Street is the owner. Mark Marisca is the architect, according to the new-building permit. The five-story building will have an auditorium on the top floor and a play area on the roof, according to the Schedule A.

What do you think of the look? GMAP

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A worker died yesterday unloading massive beams for the construction of the green roof at Barclays. Peter Zepf, 52, was transferring joists from a truck onto a hoist and four fell on him around 1 in the afternoon, crushing him to death almost instantly. Work at Barclays has stopped while investigators look into what happened. Two possibilities are that the truck driver could have released the beams at the wrong moment, or the worker accidentally pressed an emergency release button.

“My signal man was crushed,” a fellow worker told the New York Daily News. “The load was top heavy, the truck driver unhooked it without being told, (and) it toppled right on top of him. I checked his pulse: he was there for half a second, and then he was gone.”

NY1 said, “Investigators believe the victim may have accidentally hit the emergency release button, causing the load to come down on him.”

“We are all devastated by what happened,” said Greenland Forest City in a prepared statement. “All of us at Greenland Forest City Ratner Partners and Barclays Center extend our most heartfelt condolences to the worker’s family and friends.”

Iron Worker at Barclays Center Crushed to Death by Steel Beams: Police [NY Daily News]
Barclays Ironworker Crushed to Death by Beams [BK Paper]
Construction Worker Killed While Working on Barclays Center Green Roof [NY1]
Photo by Andrew Fine

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After years of delay, a long-planned three-story commercial building is pretty far along at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. The building at 340 4th Avenue will include 7,945 square feet of commercial space and 3,485 square feet for a community facility, according to permits first filed back in 2011.

Schedule A filings reveal that there will be retail on the first two floors and a school on the third floor, in addition to six parking spots.

Way back in 2008, there were rumors that Starbucks was considering a location on the empty lot, which sits in front of a Staples. The site is across the street from the park housing the Old Stone House in Park Slope — and now a block from Whole Foods.

Ultimately, developer Joseph Zafarani of BYP Capital LLC bought it for $3,250,000 in 2007, according to public records and a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. It has been and out of lis pendens since then, and Zafarani seems to have bought it out of foreclosure at auction in 2012, according to public records, which may explain the construction delay. The architect is Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Designs, according to the permits.

It’s not clear whether the building has topped out or will go higher, as per the rendering. Click through to see the rendering, which appears to be covered in Obama conspiracy theory graffiti.

Commercial Development Coming on 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Excavation is under way at 470 4th Avenue in Gowanus, where a 12-story building will eventually rise. The Aufgang Architect-designed project will bring 105 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space to the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, according to permits approved this month.

It looks like the development also has a new or alternate address at 237 11th Street. The 84,000-square-foot building will have ground floor retail, a courtyard, a medical office, a gym and 29 cellar parking spots, per Schedule A filings.

Developers Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group paid JBS Project Management $20,000,000 for six 19th century wood frame houses and three small commercial buildings on the corner last year, and demolished them last summer. Click through to see another construction photo and the rendering posted on the fence.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The new building rising at 616 Bushwick Avenue — technically, a “horizontal addition” — has topped out. There will be seven stories, according to permits. Meanwhile, next door at the former St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church at 626 and 628 Bushwick Avenue, respectively, which developer Cayuga Capital Management is preserving, there have been some small changes visible from the street.

The former school at 626 Bushwick Avenue still appears to be a shell without windows, but some feet in from the outside a brick wall is visible, so a build-out could be taking place inside. Next door at the church at No. 628, the netting has come down from the top part of the spire, but the scaffolding is still in place.

The project is supposed to wrap at the end of this year, Cayuga told us in September. Click through for lots more photos and a rendering, which Cayuga said in May is “terrible” and not what the final project will look like.

Cayuga is busy with numerous projects in Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and was the developer behind the interesting and award-winning rusted steel-clad grocery store at 22 Wyckoff Avenue.

626 Bushwick Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering below via Cayuga Capital Management

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Construction can resume at the southernmost Pierhouse building, the condo complex going up south of the Squibb Bridge at 130 Furman Street, now that the partial stop work order has been lifted. Minor adjustments have been made to the specs so the building does not interfere with the legally protected Brooklyn Heights Scenic View District.

These include removing two parapet walls on the roof and reducing the height of the building by 1.5 feet, a spokesperson told New York YIMBY. The snow-covered site, where workers have poured part of the first floor, can be seen at the bottom left of the photo above, taken in late January. The partial stop work order was rescinded Tuesday.

“We take our responsibilities to safeguard the scenic view district very seriously,” Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer told YIMBY in an emailed statement. “The changes made here will ensure the promenade’s view plane will be protected by reducing rooftop elements and adjusting the building’s height.”

Work Set to Resume at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 Building After Minor Height Adjustment [NYY]
Pierhouse Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Excavation has begun at the corner of 4th Avenue and 1st Street in Park Slope, where ODA Architecture’s stepped 11-story rental building will eventually rise. This is the prominent corner where a McDonalds was located. It was demolished last year.

As already reported, the Adam America and Slate Property Group-developed project at 275 4th Avenue will have 78 apartments spread across 60,188 square feet, in addition to 4,476 square feet of commercial space and 300 square feet of community space. Amenities at the luxury rental building will include a part-time doorman, tenant lounge, private gym, roof deck and personal storage space.

Click through to see the rendering, which we published at the end of 2013. 

A McDonald’s on 4th Avenue Will Become This 11-Story Building [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A tipster sent us this this rendering posted to the construction fence and some shots of the construction inside at 159 Smith Street. This 19th century wood frame, the only wood frame on Smith Street, according to Pardon Me For Asking, was in perfectly intact original condition, although decrepit, before construction started. It is being altered to make way for a modern four story building.

At this point, it looks like all that is left of the original building is the shared party walls and one floor of joists — no beam and nothing in the front or the back, as far as we can see. It’s located between Bergen and Wyckoff streets in Boerum Hill.

Click through to see the construction and what the house looked like before.

Demo Starts for Wooden House on Smith Street [Brownstoner]

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