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Three huge lots equal in size to almost an entire block have been leveled to make way for a huge public housing project in Ocean Hill. (You can see the future plans for the site here and here.) The property was formerly the Prospect Plaza housing project, home to 1,200 people, which NYCHA emptied out in 2000, promising to rebuild. When we visited a year earlier, the empty, boarded-up apartment houses were still standing.

At 1776 Prospect Place, pictured above and after the jump, the demo work started in May and was signed off on in October. An application for a new six-story building with 101 apartments was disapproved this month. The building that previously stood there was 15 stories.

The area immediately around the public housing sites consists of empty lots or empty apartment buildings, adding up to about eight desolate lots on two and a half blocks between Saratoga and Howard avenues and Prospect and Sterling places, close to Eastern Parkway in Ocean Hill.

Click through to see more photos of the site and a rendering of one of the planned buildings.

City Finally Moves to Redevelop Vacant Housing Project in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner Architects via NYY
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We can’t keep up with all the 19th century wood frames being marketed as development sites or torn down. We are sad to report that a rambling, two-story frame house with a porch on a big lot in Bushwick near the graveyards that looks like it could date from the 1850s or ’60s will be torn down to make way for a six-story apartment building with 13 apartments.

Brookland Capital bought the property, whose address is 189 Cooper Street, pictured above, for $1,145,000 in August. Click through to see what it looked like in the 1970s, when it was still a freestanding house and not covered by siding.

Wyckoff Heights was the first to report on the plans, back in September. An application for a demo permit was filed in October but has not yet been issued.

Also threatened by sale as a development site is 165-171 Veronica Place, another wood frame that looks as if it could be very old indeed, in Flatbush. Click through to see it. Real estate firm Epic Commercial Realty has the listing, which is asking $1,160,000. Already approved plans for the site call for three three-story, two-family row houses.

And finally, 309 Lenox Road in East Flatbush, a wood frame from the latter quarter of the 19th century, is also for sale as a development site. The asking price is $1,700,000 for 20,640 buildable square feet on a 30 by 200 foot lot. Click through to see it.

Photos by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The big warehouse at 752 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights is now gone, demolished to make way for two Atlantic Yards (aka Pacific Park) buildings, according to a rep from Greenland Forest City, who sent us these photos. Demolition of the 70,000-square-foot building began two weeks ago at the large site between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, as reported.

Two buildings are planned for the property — an affordable development at 535 Carlton Avenue and a market-rate one at 550 Vanderbilt Avenue. Click through to see what the warehouse looked like.

Greenland, Forest City Start Demo on Pacific Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by Greenland Forest City

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The wrecking ball is coming for this attractive circa-1900 walkup at 88 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which sold for $11,000,000 last month and will be replaced by condos. The new owner, Second Development Services, filed a demolition application for the four-story, eight-unit building last Friday.

A deed dated October 1 lists Second Development as the buyer. The site’s zoning allows a building as large as 33,330 square feet, which works out to a sale price of $330 per buildable square foot, a record for the area, according to GlobeSt.com, which covered the sale.

SDS told the publication they’re going to build a 20-story condo on the lot between Boerum Place and Court Street. The developer is also working on the 29-story Vos Hotel at 95 Rockwell Place. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps

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The dilapidated and empty, partially detached wood frame house at 447 Decatur in Bed Stuy was being demolished over the summer, and when we passed by recently, it was completely gone. Brookland Capital is planning a four-story, six-unit apartment building on the double wide lot, which it purchased for $995,000 in January, as we reported previously.

The firm has applied to turn the lot into two, so we presume Brookland is planning a second building identical to the first, but we can’t find any record of the property at the DOB yet.

The property sits between an apartment building and the recently restored Evelyn F. Veres house at 451 Decatur, which was pictured in Dinanda Nooney’s 1978 photographs of Brooklyn.

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Greenland and Forest City Ratner Friday started demolishing the big old warehouse at 752 Pacific Street to make way for two apartment buildings planned for the block between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues — a large piece of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park development. A representative for Forest City Ratner sent us these photos of the demolition.

The 100 percent affordable 535 Carlton Avenue and market-rate 550 Vanderbilt Avenue will both rise on this property, bringing a total of 580 apartments, 298 of which will be affordable. The rep revealed that two other buildings (“B13 and B14″) are tentatively planned for the site as well, but permits haven’t been filed yet. Click through to see more.

Photos via Forest City Ratner

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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?

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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

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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