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Tenants in two buildings on Bushwick Avenue are being evicted to make way for a renovation, according to a tipster. “Although they tried to fight it the tenants are getting evicted,” she told us. “Construction is set to start in a month.”

We checked into permits at 735 and 737 Bushwick Avenue, and sure enough, the owner is planning to add a fourth floor to each building and increase the number of units. (One will go from three to seven units, and the other from three to six.) The plans were filed this month but have not yet been approved.

This is one example of change taking place all up and down Bushwick Avenue and throughout the neighborhood. We have noted many townhouses being gut renovated, spruced up, enlarged with top-story additions, and even being demolished and replaced by larger apartment buildings over the last year or so.  (more…)

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New renderings have been released showing Hidrock Realty’s plan to convert Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater, and the vacant restaurant space next to it, into condos. According to Leslie Albrecht of DNAinfo, who attended the Community Board 6 Landmarks and Land Use Committee meeting Thursday night, some residents said the design resembled a “penitentiary.”

Even worse, someone compared it to Washington, D.C.

But the news wasn’t all bad for Hidrock Realty. Despite widespread criticism of a perceived failure to integrate the building into the architectural styles of the surrounding neighborhood, the committee voted unanimously to approve the plans to build 24 condos on Bartel-Pritchard Square and restore the Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park West, as long as certain changes were made. (more…)

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Construction was poised to begin on a long-delayed and controversial building here at 444 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg one year ago, but a recent visit revealed the project is still stalled. The property is the former longtime home of Marino Marble & Tiles, a family business headed up by Domenico Marino.

Deciding to cash in on rising property values almost a decade ago, Marino moved the tile business to a more commercial area nearby and started working on plans to demo the existing two-story commercial building and put up a 14-story apartment building with popular local architect Philip Toscano, whose offices are just around the corner.

But neighbors opposed the idea of 14 stories in the mostly low-rise area, where most buildings are old wood frame row houses only two or three stories high. Then the plan was scuttled by a 2009 downzoning, as earlier stories in DNAinfo and Greenpoint Gazette detail. Marino changed architects and plans, demolished the old building on the site, and last July told DNAinfo all the permits were in place and work would start that month.

But that didn’t happen. (more…)

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A developer’s plan to convert the Park Slope Pavilion movie theater into condos will be scrutinized at a hearing by the Community Board 6 Landmarks Committee Thursday, according to an announcement we received from community organization Park Slope Civic Council.

As we’ve reported, owner Hidrock Realty filed plans in April to create 24 condos, an underground parking garage, and some 8,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the long-running theater.

The development – which will include a new building constructed adjacent to the Pavilion, on a one-story site formerly occupied by a restaurant — will include a smaller art-house theater, according to Hidrock. (more…)

Hudson-Companies-Brooklyn-Heights-Library-renderingDeveloper Hudson Companies continues to navigate the tricky waters of public/private development. Last night, Hudson’s controversial plan for the current site of the Brooklyn Heights library branch was approved by Community Board 2, in a vote of 25 to 14.

In theory, Hudson’s proposal for Brooklyn Heights would wed public benefit with private profit — using the current library site to develop market rate condos while also providing a better library branch in Brooklyn Heights, much-needed funds for capital improvements at other branches, and 114 units of affordable housing in Clinton Hill.

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At its meeting tonight, Brooklyn Community Board 2 will vote on the controversial plan to sell the Brooklyn Heights Library site to a private developer, Hudson Companies, which aims to build a 36-story condominium tower that will include a new library on the ground floor.

As we’ve covered extensively, there are strong partisans on both sides of this one: Those who call it a prime opportunity to upgrade the ailing facility at 280 Cadman Plaza West and generate much-needed cash for the borough’s libraries and those who call it an unconscionable handoff of public land to a private developer.

Whichever way the board goes, “CB2’s vote will be momentous,” judges the group Citizens Defending Libraries, which strongly opposes the $52,000,000 sale, believing it would “set the table for future developers to feast on public assets.” (more…)

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A rendering has been released for the much-watched development connected to the landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. The Lyceum, one of the last public baths built in New York City, has had a drama-filled decade, as its longtime owner struggled to hold onto it — and claimed he was cheated — but finally lost the property to foreclosure, as Brownstoner has reported in countless articles.

Daniel Goldner Architects has designed a modern-looking 12-story rust-colored building with a set back in contrasting yellow brick. Offset windows of varied sizes give the facade a playful, dynamic look. (more…)

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Demolition has started on three buildings on Tompkins near near Hancock in Bed Stuy. They are coming down to make way for a 35-unit apartment building at 410 Tompkins Avenue whose unusual design caused a firestorm of controversy and prompted outreach from Community Board 3 to developers in the area.

A reader sent us these photos, which show a building at 414 and 416 Tompkins Avenue being demolished. The building on the corner, No. 410, is also slated to be razed. (more…)

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Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.

The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.

A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:

Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.

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Plans were filed last week for a five story building to rise in place of this wood frame house in Bushwick. As with many wood frame houses that are being torn down around the borough, this one at 1255 Decatur Street is small and sits on a relatively large lot.

The original house is quite small, only 25 by 32 feet and set all the way back at the end of the 100 foot long lot — an unusual configuration for Brooklyn. The new building will be much larger — 5,311 square feet. (more…)

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Six stories of modern glassy apartments will replace this low-slung brick building that garaged and serviced cars at 600 Bushwick Avenue for 100 years. The existing building, a Building of the Day in 2013, has a pleasing symmetrical design with Neo-Classical columns and triangular pediments.

The new design, by Hustvedt Cutler Architects, adds four stories to the existing building, and replaces its triangular pediments with glassy, asymmetrical bays and balconies. At first we thought the renderings showed an entirely new building, but the contemporary adaptation retains the brick base and second-story windows of the original. (more…)

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The Goodwill at 1104 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy is closing, workers there told us, because its landlord, well-known commercial developer Bawabeh Brothers, is building bigger.

A new five-story commercial building with stores, doctor’s offices and a school on the top two floors is planned, according to new-building permit filed last year and disapproved in January.

Bawabeh Brothers, also known as Bawabeh Realty Holdings, owns other properties along Fulton Street and was in the news last year for its plans to replace a retail strip with a nail salon and cleaners at 1347-1361 Fulton Street with upscale eateries. “Neighborhood gentrification is inevitable and moving quickly,” enthused a marketing brochure aimed at potential commercial tenants.

The block is booming with sales and development. (more…)