608 Franklin Avenue

ODA Architecture has designed a boxy, glassy building – with multi-paned windows somewhat reminiscent of an old factory building — to replace the brewery at 608 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights.  New York YIMBY was the first to publish the rendering.

The specifics of the plans have changed slightly: The building, which will be quite large and take up much of the block between Bergen Street and Dean Street, will rise to eight stories and have a total of 130,00 square feet. There will be 120 rental units — studios, one and two bedroom units. Twenty percent of the units will be income-restricted, according to NYY. The mixed-use building will have 19,000 square feet of retail space.

The development will replace three rundown, low-rise structures on the Dean Street side of the property, not the 19th century brick brewery building on Bergen (as we’ve previously mentioned). The corner lot also has 141 feet of frontage on Franklin Avenue.

While the design reminds us of buildings in the Ladies’ Mile area in Manhattan rather than Crown Heights, it strikes us as a far cry above the majority of new construction. What do you think of it?

Revealed: ODA’s 608 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Eight Story Mixed-Use Building to Replace Part of Crown Heights Brewery [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering: ODA Architecture via NY YIMBY

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Construction has been moving quickly at 626 Flatbush Avenue since a judge lifted a temporary restraining order in June. About 12 stories have risen so far at the building, which will be 23 stories when complete.

The as-of-right development by Hudson Companies will have 254 rental units — 51 of them, or about 20 percent, will be affordable. The project will have 250,000 square feet of space, including about 4,000 square feet of retail. The project is expected to be completed in early 2016. Click through to see a rendering.

626 Flatbush Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Marvel Architects
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Slate Property Group plans to build a 19-story tower with 157 apartments at the very prominent corner of Flatbush and Fulton in Downtown Brooklyn, according to a new building application filed yesterday. The photo above shows the triangular shape of the lot, now occupied by a partly empty one two-story commercial building. (Five Guys has replaced Sleepy’s.)

The new building will have a total of 160,000 square feet of space, including more than 123,000 square feet for apartments. Twenty percent of the apartments will be affordable, and the building will most likely be a rental, according to New York YIMBY, which first spotted the new-building application.

That leaves 20,000 square feet for retail. Goldstein Hill & West Architects are the architects of record on the permit. In December 2012, an LLC associated with Capstone Equities bought the property from Kansas Fried Chicken for $14,250,000, according to public records.

We think a tall mixed-use building at this location, the entrance to the Fulton Mall, makes a ton of sense. We hope it will be an attractive one.

Permits Filed: 19-Story Building at 1 Flatbush Avenue [NYY]
Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.

Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.

Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.

Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.

Rendering Posted for Affordable Greenpoint Landing Building [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Developer Files First Permit [Brownstoner]
Rendering by James Corner Field Operations
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76 Lefferts Place

Though construction is still in full swing, apartments at the large development on Lefferts Place between Grand Avenue and Classon Avenue are now on the market. The project, called Lefferts Mews, at 76, 80, 84 and 88 Lefferts Place, will have 31 condominium units. Corcoran, which is handling sales, has put five units on the market, BuzzBuzzHome noticed Friday. They range from a 724-square-foot one-bedroom apartment for $625,000 to a 1,525-square-foot two-bedroom apartment for $1,495,000 — that’s $980 a square foot for the two-bedroom.

The units in the townhouse-style development include duplex garden apartments, duplexes with a roof deck and floor-through units. The units feature Siberian oak floors, large windows. Paul Davis designed both the interiors and the exteriors.

The original developer, an LLC, bought the site in June of 2012 for $3,400,000 and planned to build seven, four-story townhouses, each with three units. In July of 2013 the owner sold the property for $7,850,000 to another LLC. The new owner began construction on this project a month later.

Click through for renderings of the project and interiors. What do you think of the design?

76-88 Lefferts Place Listings [Corcoran]
76 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill Starts at $625,000 [BBH]
More Units Planned, Foundation Going in at Huge Lefferts Place Build in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Development Finally Coming to Large Lefferts Place Lot [Brownstoner]
Huge Empty Lot on Lefferts Place for Sale Again [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

Locals in Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens would like to see the long-empty Bedford-Union Armory turned into affordable housing or a fitness center with a swimming pool and basketball court, or possibly a skating rink, they told the city at a planning meeting Sunday. Another public meeting will take place tonight at 671 Prospect Place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

After years of delays, the City issued a request for proposals from developers late last year, as already reported, and is now going through a process of public hearings, to be followed by a formal land-use review process. The armory, one of two in Crown Heights, is located at 1555 Bedford Avenue between Union and President.

“They’re getting input on community priorities, and they will take that information back to the developers they’ve selected to compete, and they will see what they can make work economically,” Community Board 9 First Chair Laura Imperiale told us.

The city presented various scenarios developers had proposed, including turning the armory into a hotel, which locals objected to, according to a story in DNAinfo.

The building was completed in 1907. It was designed by architecture firm Pilcher and Tachau.

Bedford-Union Armory Coverage [Brownstoner]
Postcard via Brooklyn Public Library

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Hundreds of Brooklyn religious leaders attended a recent meeting sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams about how faith-based organizations can earn money and develop their properties by selling air and land rights to developers, according to a story in DNAinfo. It’s an idea that resonated with many of the borough’s religious leaders as they face declining congregations, fundraising challenges and budgetary pressures while working to expand social services to meet the needs of those left behind in the recession.

“You are land-rich but cash-poor. The largest amount of housing potential in Brooklyn lies with you,” Pastor Gilford Monrose, director of the Borough President’s faith-based initiatives, told attendees.

Since many churches own historic buildings and have parking lots and other properties, developers are often interested in the properties. Deacon Dennis Mathis of Glover Memorial Baptist Church at 2134 Dean Street in Crown Heights (pictured above) said he wants to develop affordable housing on a church-owned parking lot and use the proceeds to expand its social services. “Any profit made from the deal will go toward expanding our soup kitchen and food pantry and might allow us to add after-school programs for youth,” he told DNAinfo. Developers have offered between $200,000 and $300,000 for the lot, he said.

A reverend at another Crown Heights church, Brooklyn Christian Center Church at 1061 Atlantic Avenue, said the church has a development plan in the works and came to the conference to learn how how to keep control of the property. Also discussed at the conference was how churches can work with city agencies to develop affordable housing.

Throughout the borough, churches have been demolished for new buildings and in some cases converted to condos. At least a dozen such projects are in the works now.

Adams has previously said he believes developing church property can help increase affordable housing in the borough. Do you agree?

Dozens of Brooklyn Churches Looking to Sell Their Land [DNA]
Church Conversion Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The walls are rising fast at 785 Dekalb Avenue, where SSJ Development is planning a 70-unit apartment building.

The mad, mod building design looks to us like a space age City Hall for sea monkeys with its slanted porthole in the front and gold dome on the top. When it’s complete, it will be one of Bed Stuy’s most architecturally distinctive buildings – and the bar is high in Bed Stuy, which has some of the borough’s best 19th century architecture.

Julien Flander is the architect of record. Click through to see a new photo of the rendering on the construction site.

785 Dekalb Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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When we stopped by the mixed income building at 1133 Manhattan Avenue at the far northern tip of Greenpoint, the building looked like it was nearing completion. Through the windows we could see workers sanding joint compound off the seams in the drywall — a sign that the interiors are getting close. The ground floor retail space looked like it had much further to go. The spaces are open to the elements and not built out yet.

The website for the building says that units will be available fall 2014, or about now.

The building has attracted a lot of attention in part because of incredible demand for the income-restricted units throughout the city. Nearly 60,000 people applied for the 105 below-market rate units here. The $67,000,000 building will have another 105 market-rate units as well as 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space when it’s completed.

The building, which replaced a low-slung brick warehouse, was designed by architect firm Perkins Eastman. Click through for a photo of the unfinished street level retail space.

Windows Going in at 50-50 Building on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint [Brownstoner]
Look of Greenpoint Build on Manhattan Avenue Revealed [Brownstoner] GMAP
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Work is progressing slowly at 472 Marcus Garvey near Fulton in Bed Stuy, where a four-story mixed-use building has been in the works since 2011. The building will have 10 apartments and one store, according to a new building permit. The site has received a number of stop work orders over the years, mostly for construction impact on neighboring properties. Click through to see a rendering of the finished design. (more…)

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The old one-story Liberty Department Stores building that stood at 774-776 Grand Street for decades came down this summer, and construction has started on the foundation of what could be a game-changing building for this East Williamsburg corner.

The Meshberg Group-designed building will resemble a 19th century department store, with its tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top. But in fact the eight story building will offer a mix of retail and residential, with 64 apartments.

It is likely to be one of the taller buildings around in the mostly low-rise neighborhood, where three story row houses and four and five story apartment buildings give way to one and two story industrial buildings on the other side of Bushwick Avenue. With its large, factory-style windows and brick facade, the building looks like it will fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing buildings, unlike much of the rest of the new development Williamsburg.

When completed, the 82,000 square foot building will have an 800-square-foot fitness room on the second floor and a 3,500-square-foot roof deck.

Liberty Department Stores and adjoining properties were purchased last year by Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development for $14,200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although Gene Kaufman is the architect of record on building permits.

Construction will wrap in fall 2015, according to a sign at the construction site.

More photos and a rendering after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Let’s Look at the New Rendering for East Williamsburg’s 774 Grand Street [Buzz Buzz Home]
Mixed Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect GMAP

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A four-story, four-family building is looking close to completion at 797-799 Herkimer Street in Bed Stuy, at least on the outside, although it’s not supposed to wrap until a year from now, according to the sign on the construction site.

Technically, it’s two buildings on two lots with, surprisingly, only two units each. Each building is 6,632 square feet, and each unit will be a duplex, according to the Schedule A. Potentially each duplex could be extremely spacious with about 3,316 square feet each. We’re guessing based on the size the developer could be planning condos.

The building is between Rochester Avenue and Suydam Place. For a block that has a mix of housing — Fedders buildings, apartment buildings with poorly maintained facades and a few nicely preserved brick row houses — this new building doesn’t seem to be such a bad addition.

The developer, Nir Sapir of Bed Stuy’s East Coast Real Estate Development Group LLC, bought the lots in August of 2013 for $350,000. Both lots had a lis pendens recently. The firm has recently developed or is developing four other projects in the immediate area.

Thanks to a reader for the photos and tip. Click through to see a schematic on the construction fence. What do you think of the development? GMAP

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