272 hawthorne street prospect lefferts gardens 102014

Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

 

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The Burger King at the corner of Marcy and Fulton across from Restoration Plaza has closed. (In July, a new Burger King was setting up shop at Nostrand and Fulton, as we reported.) This lot at 957 Marcy has not recently traded hands, but an application for a permit to demolish the existing building was filed in August.

A permit to build a one-story bank building with a drive-through and curb cut has been in the works since 2012 but has not yet been granted and is waiting for zoning approval. We think a taller mixed-use building would be a better use of the space here. What do you think?

Thanks to a reader for a tip about the closing. GMAP (more…)

615 st johns place crown heights 102014

We’ve always wondered what would happen to the overgrown and graffiti-covered brick house at 615 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon in Crown Heights, and now it looks like a developer has purchased the property and plans to demolish it. Nissan Cohen of First Elite Group LLC paid $1,030,000 for the 2,620-square-foot property in August, according to public records.

Earlier this month, Cohen filed a demolition application to knock down the property’s little 990-square-foot brick structure. No new building permits have been filed yet, but we’re sure a new residential development is in the works. Zoning allows up to 5,240 square feet of residential space on the plot.

The front gate has been torn down, and for the first time, we can see inside the house, which appears to have little remaining besides a back wall and a decayed hallway with one or two rooms. The roof appears to have collapsed right inside the front door.

The house, a former Building of the Day, was built as a garage in the early 20th century and later converted to a house by adding an extension.

Building of the Day: 615 St. Johns Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The demo of a sludge tank in Greenpoint last month kicked up a large amount of potentially hazardous dust, according to nearby residents. Two families in the area had the dust independently tested and found 40 parts per million of arsenic, lead, chromium, zinc and other chemicals, according to stories in DNAinfo and Greenpointers. That amount is not considered toxic to adults but could pose problems to children. The site is located next to the Greenpoint playground. Residents, activists and local politicians have asked the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to test the area. The photo above was taken by a family of its just-washed car after the demolition.

The contractor hired to carry out the demolition was Skanksa, according to Greenpointers. (Skanksa is the Swedish firm embroiled in litigation with Forest City Ratner over modular construction.) Skanska supposedly used a subcontractor on the Sludge Tank demo, NASDI, “which was recently hit with over $40,000 in fines resulting from improper asbestos removal in a South Boston housing project,” according to Greenpointers. “An investigation in Boston determined NASDI allowed both its workers and local residents to be exposed to toxic levels of asbestos.”

The sludge tank was located at the intersection of Dupont and Commercial Street on the Greenpoint waterfront. It is across the street from Greenpoint Playground at 243 Franklin Street. Greenpoint Landing is being constructed nearby, with the first buildings to be located at 21 Commercial Street and 33 Eagle Street. The sludge tank was moved to Newtown Creek Waste Treatment Facility, according to Greenpointers.

Construction Dust May Pose Health Hazard at Greenpoint Playground: Experts [DNA]
Neighbors Test Dust From Sludge Tank Demo and Find Contaminants [Greenpointers]
Photo via DNAinfo

681 franklin avenue crown heights 92014

We’ve always wondered what would happen to the decaying, rat-infested brick low-rise at 681 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, and recently we noticed that the interior of the three-story building had been completely demolished. The brick facade is still standing, held up by scaffolding, but workers on site told us the rest of the building would come down too. It turns out the HPD ordered an emergency demolition of the long-abandoned structure in June.

But the forgotten property will have a new beginning. A construction supervisor showed us plans for a new three-story building, which he said will most likely be rentals. New building applications have not yet been filed.

The property sold to an LLC for $1,400,000 on September 15. As to why the building was neglected for so long, public records show a vacate order in 1985 and a transfer to a Florida-based estate in 2011 (when the absentee owner died, presumably). Boxes with x’s spray painted on the building show it was unsafe to enter. GMAP

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No unlandmarked wood frame house in Brooklyn is safe! Demolition permits have been filed to take down this two-story wood frame at 32 Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg; the owner hopes to replace it with a six-story apartment building.

Whenever we see a wide frame house in this area, one of the original Dutch settlements of Brooklyn, we wonder about its age, although this one doesn’t look much older the 19th century, at least from the outside. The settlement was deeded in 1638 and named Boswijck in 1661.

The new building will have nine units spread across 6,200 square feet of space, along with a roof deck, according to a new building application that was disapproved in July. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran, and permits list the owner as Andrzej Potrapeluk. The two-family house sold for $1,275,000 last October, after about two months on the market.  GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Next to meet the wrecking ball as high-rise development marches down 4th Avenue: Six 19th-century multifamily brick buildings on the corner of 4th and Baltic in Park Slope. They are being replaced by an 11-story high rise, DNAinfo reported. JDS Development Group applied for demolition applications earlier this month to take down 107, 109, 109A and 111 4th Avenue, and 615 and 617 Baltic Street. Demolition of the three- and four-story walkups should be finished by the end of the year. (more…)

625 fulton street 10 metrotech demo 92014

Forest City Ratner has finished demolishing the hulking candy factory turned office space at 10 MetroTech Center on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The developer plans apartments on the large site between Hudson Avenue, Rockwell Place and Dekalb, but no new building permits have been filed yet.

Demolition began last year for the seven-story building, which was built in 1963. At various points in its history, the IRS, Human Resources Administration and the DMV all had office space there. The property at 625 Fulton Street is 62,472 square feet, and a building as large as 624,720 square feet can be built on the lot, according to PropertyShark.

10 MetroTech Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

1515 bedford avenue demo 1 92014

The historic Fox Savoy Theater has been reduced to rubble at Lincoln Place and Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Demolition began last winter and moved along pretty slowly, because workers took the building down by hand and salvaged pieces of its ornate facade. The 1926 Neo-Classical structure was originally built as a movie palace for mogul William Fox (of 20th Century Fox), but in recent years a church occupied the grand white terra cotta building.

Charity Baptist Church sold the Thomas Lamb-designed building at 1515 Bedford Avenue for the low seeming price of $575,000 in 2012, as we reported. A 10-story, 114-unit apartment building designed by Issac & Stern will rise in its place at 1515 Bedford Avenue. The development will have 60 subterranean parking spots, ground-floor space for a synagogue and a roof deck, as previously reported. The developer is Realty Within Reach.

Click through for a few more photos of the demolition.

1515 Bedford Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Building of the Day: 1515 Bedford Avenue [Brownstoner]

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We’re sad to report that the prominent and quite old wood frame at the corner of Throop and Pulaski in Bed Stuy is now nothing but a bunch of debris. The mansard-roofed house at 330 Throop Avenue stood three stories tall and was built sometime before 1873. It was configured as a three-family and sat on a double lot that measures 45 by 85 feet. It was also a Building of the Day a year ago. (more…)

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The wrecking ball may be coming soon for several buildings in the Harte and Company Factory complex in Greenpoint, where the developer filed demolition permits earlier this month. Applications have been filed to knock down 71 Dupont Street, 93 Dupont Street, 22 Clay Street, 26 Clay Street (pictured above), 30 Clay Street and 32 Clay Street. However, no permits have been filed for the main factory building at 280 Franklin Street, a big Arte Moderne structure from the 1930s. The developer, Dupont Street Developers LLC, hasn’t said whether the building and its unique curved glass facade will be part of the site’s planned residential project. (more…)