Brookland Capital signs have gone up and demo permits have been filed for two wood frame houses in Bed Stuy. The first of these, 664 Jefferson Avenue, pictured above, has a near-original exterior with half-round shingles but “had a bad roof for many years” and was totally “trashed” on the inside and unsalvageable, a tipster who had viewed it when it was for sale (and sent us the photo above) told us.
The other is 447 Decatur, just around the corner from Brookland’s offices on Malcolm X. The bay-windowed house has been boarded up for years, although a 2006 PropertyShark photo shows it looking inhabited. One of its neighbors is the Evelyn F. Veres house at 451 Decatur pictured in Dinanda Nooney’s 1978 photographs of Brooklyn, which was recently restored. Architecturally, this particular block is more varied than most, with mid- and late-19th century wood frames interspersed with large 19th-century rental apartment buildings.
Brookland picked up the double-wide, 40-foot lot for $995,000 in January. While no new building application has been filed for the house on Jefferson yet, on Monday Brookland filed to build a four-story apartment building at 447 Decatur. The building would be 40 feet high with six units.
Brookland typically develops mid- to large-size condo buildings. The section of Jefferson Avenue where No. 664 is located is all small townhouses, although there are some apartment buildings at the far end of the block.
Also, we think we recall a working gas light on this block, which is home to the venerable Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest continuing black congregation in Brooklyn.
“The neighborhood will be very active this spring!” said our tipster.
A two-story Brooklyn Heights building at 153 Remsen Street that looks like it’s seen better days is coming down and may be replaced by a new development. Quinlan Development, which owns the commercial building, filed a demo application yesterday to knock it down.
As it happens, last summer The Brooklyn Daily Eagle detailed the sad little building’s journey from Vietnamese restaurant and YMCA offices to a decaying, vacant storefront a few months after developer Tim Quinlan purchased it.
Quinlan, who’s also developing a 60-unit rental at 267 Pacific Street, paid $2,791,594 a year ago for the 2,300-square-foot lot between Court and Clinton streets. The building’s former owner, Fred Musser, let it decay while he made plans to convert it to a hotel, according to the story. Zoning allows for a development of 23,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark. What would you like to see go up here? GMAP
A demolition application was filed December 31 to take down a seven-story office building at the corner of Jay and Nassau Streets. The building at 199 Jay Street sits on the edge of downtown Brooklyn and Dumbo on a 17,085-square-foot lot that is 175.92 feet by 100 feet.
There are no recent sales in public records, and permits list the owner as Amtrust Realty, which purchased the building in 2006. The demo permit hasn’t been issued yet because there’s no plan exam. (The top of the application has a note that reads “application processed — no plan exam.”)
The property is located next to busy traffic on Jay Street and an exit from the Manhattan Bridge. DOB records indicate it was built in 1913. GMAP
Lighstone has demolished the first of two old brick warehouses on Bond Street between 1st and 2nd streets in Gowanus, to make way for their 700-unit rental development, Pardon Me For Asking reported. Demolition work began earlier this week but hit a snag on Tuesday.
The demolition crew broke a water main and flooded the entire southwest end of the site, with water flowing down 2nd Street and into the canal, according to Gowanus Your Face Off. GYFO also got some great photos of the flooding, which of course happened while it was snowing.
The 100-year-old warehouse at 365 Bond Street has been reduced to a pile of rubble, and the adjacent warehouse at 363 Bond will likely be taken down in the next couple days, PMFA predicted.
After the jump, we’ve included a photo of the warehouse when it was still standing and another one of the demolition site.
Netting is up and demo has started at 10 MetroTech, aka 623 and 625 Fulton Street, according to a tipster, who sent in this photo. A demo permit was issued in November. As we noted in June, the Forest City Ratner-owned building will be torn down and replaced by apartments. No new building permit has been filed yet.
It looks like this funeral home at the corner of Fulton and Downing Streets in Clinton Hill will be demolished soon for a six-story, 28-unit building designed by the ubiquitous Karl Fischer. Demolition applications were filed last week to knock down the three-story funeral home at 1045 and 1047 Fulton, but they haven’t been approved yet. The apartment building will have 21,048 square feet of residential space with bike storage and private terraces, according to a new plan exam application. Original plans for the site called for an eight story building with 32 units, but it appears the architect has refiled after the first building application was disapproved.
Sterling Equities filed plans earlier this week to build a four-story, 32-unit residential development on the site of the Regency Carts building in Gowanus. GLUCK+ architects will design the 53,475-square-foot development at 337 Carroll Street, according to the plan exam application filed October 22. BuzzBuzzHome spotted the plan application, which says the building will have 27 enclosed parking spaces, a common roof terrace and private exterior space. The developer also filed demolition permits for the two-story white building. Sterling bought the property in May for $12,500,000 and is in negotiations to buy the unfinished “Hell Building” next door at 333 Carroll, as we reported last month.
There’s finally some action at the long-vacant Bergen Tile Building at Flatbush and Dean Street in Prospect Heights, where the developer PRD Realty filed a demolition application last week. Development plans have been in the works for a while at 215 Flatbush, a prime spot located right across the street from the Barclays Center. Ripco Real Estate has been marketing the site for three months and recently posted this flyer with renderings and details on the planned mixed-use development. The most recent new building application — filed and disapproved in February 2012 — is for a six-story building with 53 rental apartments and 9,875 square feet of ground floor retail space. The 55,000-square-foot building would be required to have 26 parking spaces by law. However, Martin Domansky of PRD told us last year that he was taking his case to the Board of Standards and Appeals because PRD couldn’t possibly construct that number of spaces.
The Department of Buildings approved plans to demolish 156 Tillary Street, the empty four-story building between Flatbush Avenue Extension and Gold Street. It is right next door to the 13-story, 116-room Hampton Inn under construction on the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension. According to DOB documents, this owners of this lot are the same owners as the Hampton Inn site. What DOB documents don’t reveal, however, is what’s rising in it’s place — these early renderings of the Hampton Inn show 156 Tillary still intact. Perhaps it’ll be parking for the hotel?
The ground’s been leveled at 954 Bergen Street, a lot between Franklin and Bedford avenues. Construction workers demolished a one-story commercial warehouse at the rear of the property, and a one-story garage at the front of the property. A six-story residential building will go up in its place. The developers submitted a building application to the DOB for six stories and 38 units. There will not be any commercial space. The architect on the project is Issac and Stern, who have a few projects around Prospect Lefferts Gardens. GMAP
Interested in learning more about the Methodist Hospital’s plans to demolish several multifamily apartment buildings it owns on 5th Street, in Park Slope, to make way for a new build? The meeting is tonight at the hospital’s Executive Conference room from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Construction isn’t expected to begin for at least a year, but the hospital is beginning the process of sharing plans and informing nearby residents. Or as one tipster put it, “Tonight will be the public’s first opportunity to see and understand the magnitude of the NY Methodist construction and demolition project.” This’ll be an interesting meeting, for sure. Methodist Hospital to Demo, Rebuild in Park Slope [Brownstoner] Photo by USVIZION
The 120 ft x 105.75 ft corner site consists of seven tax lots and 6,672 SF of air‐rights transferred from an adjacent property. The zoning of R8A/C2‐4/EC provides for a 6.50 FAR for a Mixed Use Building, of which 6.02 is Residential and the balance is attributed to Commercial and a small amount of Community Facility. As such, there is an ability to build an 86,052 BSF Mixed Use Building, of which 79,626 BSF is Residential BSF and the balance is a mix of Commercial and a small amount of Community Facility BSF. A small section of the development site is in R6B zoning. The site will be delivered vacant and unencumbered. One of the buildings has already been demolished and the remaining building demolitions have already been filed with the DOB.