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U.S. Developments Group has just filed a new-building application for a 12-story mixed-use building at 269 4th Avenue, on the site of a former auto repair shop. NY YIMBY first spotted the paperwork, which calls for 26 units and 42,100 square feet of space.

The ground floor will have a 2,600-square-foot day care center and a 760-square-foot eating and drinking establishment, according to the Schedule A. There will also be 12 accessory parking spaces, 16 bike storage spots and a roof deck.

The applicant of record is an engineering firm. Next door at 275 4th Avenue developer Adam America is building an 11-story project on the site of a former McDonald’s.

Permits Filed: 269 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYY] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

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Plans for the building to replace the Pratt Station Post Office and other storefronts at 504 Myrtle Avenue, below, have changed. An application for a permit filed today shows the building will be six stories, not an eight-story building, as previously reported. It will have 92 apartments as well as 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. All the buildings are still standing, we observed this morning.

Meanwhile, the related development next door at 490 Myrtle Avenue, pictured above, has made immense progress since we last visited in May. The exterior looks just about complete and some of the scaffolding has come down so the building is visible. It’s supposed to wrap summer 2015.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was the first to report on all these developments on its blog. Click through for more photos of both sites.

Scaffolding Comes Down at 490 Myrtle Avenue [Myrtle Avenue]  GMAP

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A four-story, eight-unit building at 672 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy has topped out. Next door at No. 670 a similar building — four stories with seven units — is planned but construction has not yet started. Click through to see the rendering. Next door to that at 672, an application has been filed for a four-story, two-family building.

Although all the owners are LLCs with different names, they appear to be related. Located between Patchen Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, all three properties have been empty lots for decades.

No. 672 sold in December for $0, according to city records. No. 670 traded two days earlier for $690,000. No. 668 sold in June for $395,000. (more…)

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At the final Bridging Gowanus meeting Monday night, reaction was mixed to a presentation of findings after a years-long series of meetings about the future of Gowanus, but many residents said they do not want tall buildings.

Some attendees thanked Council Member Brad Lander and the Pratt Institute facilitators, and some said the process was better than they had expected. Others said the process was manipulative and designed to build a false appearance of consensus in favor of a rezoning that would allow luxury high rise buildings in exchange for much-needed infrastructure improvements that should be made anyway.

About 100 local residents and representatives from community groups and nonprofits gathered at P.S. 36 in Carroll Gardens to hear Pratt Institute facilitators summarize findings about sewage infrastructure, the economy, mandatory mixed-use zones, historic preservation, and affordable housing, among other things.

The report and Councilmen Brad Lander, Steve Levin and others acknowledged past rezonings in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and 4th Avenue had favored developers to the detriment of neighborhoods. (more…)

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A controversial and confusing vote to rescind a request for a zoning study of Prospect Lefferts Gardens did in fact pass, according to PLG community group MTOPP, or The Movement to Protect the People. The group, which has been a thorn in the side of Community Board 9, is alleging the board is “corrupt,” that it “falsified” the document, and “broke the law” on its website.

Blogger Tim Thomas of The Q at Parkside, who is on the board (and who, unlike MTOPP, favors development of Empire Boulevard) agreed with the group’s assessment that the vote passed. However, he chalked it up to a mistake.

It’s a long story but to briefly summarize: MTOPP opposes any residential development of Empire Boulevard, above, and also opposes a zoning study of the broader area. We are reaching out to Community Board 9 for comment now and will update when we hear from them. Click through to see a screenshot of MTOPP’s allegations.

Eric Adam’s Corrupt Executive Board [MTOPP]
Finally…the Smoking Gun! [Q Parkside]
MTOPP Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The New York City Council Wednesday released a report proposing three new types of zoning that could dramatically affect jobs, real estate values and the use of neighborhoods in Brooklyn, particularly in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Gowanus and Sunset Park.

The three proposed new zoning types are:

*Industrial Employment Districts  – A rewriting of the rules to close loopholes that have been driving out manufacturers in protected industrial zones.

*Creative Economy Districts — A new combination of industrial and commercial office space. Mini storage, nightclubs and warehousing of empty property would not be allowed.

*Real Mixed Use Districts — Commercial and “compatible” industrial spaces would be required alongside residential, rather than merely allowed, so that more-lucrative residential development does not displace the other uses.

Above, the Pfizer complex at 630 Flushing in Bed Stuy has been proposed as a protected industrial site and is currently being redeveloped as office and manufacturing space for “creative economy” businesses.

Potentially, the new zoning could dramatically change such areas as the protected industrial zone around the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, where hotels and nightclubs have been driving out manufacturers, and the Bushwick loft area, because it would allow residential development to take off while preserving manufacturing jobs and commercial space at the same time. It could also affect the character of development on Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a hot-button issue in the neighborhood.

We think this is one of the best proposals we have heard in years, with the potential to benefit many now-competing groups and protect many desirable aspects of Brooklyn that are in danger of being lost to purely residential development. What do you think of it?

Engines of Opportunity [City Council]

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Lately we’ve been noticing a lot of new development in the far reaches of Bushwick near the cemeteries, and the latest is four new apartment buildings slated for 1290-1300 Decatur Street, between Wilson and Knickerbocker Avenues. Each building will have four stories and eight units spread across 5,451 square feet of residential space, according to new building applications filed today. There will also be a penthouse with two private terraces and a public roof terrace in all four buildings.

Permits show that the development will have a main address of 1290 Decatur Street and individual building addresses at 1290, 1292, 1294 and 1300 Decatur. S3 Architecture is designing the project, and the owner is Rimon Gabbay, according to permits.

A two-story brick apartment building and a one-story garage currently occupy the two properties at 1290 and 1300 Decatur, which changed hands last year for $495,000, according to public records. Demolition applications haven’t been filed for the two buildings yet. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps

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A press release from JMH Development and Madison Estates just landed in our in-box, and it says architect Morris Adjmi will design a “luxury boutique condominium development” at 70 Henry Street, the former home of Brooklyn Heights Cinema. As you may recall, Adjmi also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. We expect he’ll come up with something Landmarks will like in this spot.

“This project will work to both enhance the dynamic neighborhood with unique architecture, while filling the historic district’s inherent demand for new construction,” said a JMH Development exec in the release.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Workers were digging the foundation at 1320-1328 Fulton Street, the big affordable development near Applebee’s in Bed Stuy, when we passed by recently. As Curbed reported in August, the building will have 57 units and 10 stories.

The architect is Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and the developer is Fulton Street South Redevelopment Company, which owns the Section 8 building next door at 1330 Fulton Street. Click through for lots more photos of the construction site and to see the rendering on the construction fence. GMAP (more…)

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Hedge fund CEO Harsh Padia has snagged a big one-story factory at 67 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg for $8,850,000, according to public records. The 50-by-140 foot lot could accommodate a residential building as large as six stories and 23,760 square feet under the current zoning, according to PropertyShark. Instead, Padia is planning a four-story, one-family house, according to new building applications filed earlier this month.

The DOB disapproved plans for the 2,600-square-foot house yesterday, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the existing building, which is home to a printing company. The site is L-shaped and sits at the corner of Havemeyer and North 6th, less than a block from the BQE.

Padia is the head of hedge fund HAP Capital, and his wife, Purvi Padia, is an interior designer. If the plans go through, we expect they will have some very nice outdoor space on this big lot. The applicant of record is Schneider Associates. This will be an interesting one to watch.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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We were dismayed to see yet another Victorian metal turret in a non-landmarked area being inappropriately altered. This one is on a quite prominent corner building at 1474 Bushwick Avenue between the Jackie Robinson and Cooper Avenue. We have passed by this building many times and it always appeared to be in good condition.

When we strolled by last week, the bright blue painted metal covering on the turret was being dismantled as part of a bigger renovation that is adding a story. A manager on site told us they really wanted to save the turret but “it was in pieces.” The turret will be covered in a brick veneer to match the rest of the alteration.

The three story building only has three units now. When the alteration is finished, the building will have four stories and eight units , according to an Alt-1 permit.

The building changed hands for $799,000 in 2013. HPD says it has five “class A” units, not three. For the last 20 years, it was owned by the Episcopal church and has a certificate of occupancy for 10 Franciscan friars of the Society of St. Francis in the Episcopalian church.

Click through to see a drawing of the altered building and a photo of the building taken in 2012.

Photo below by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark
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Lightstone Group is holding a community meeting tonight to discuss its plans for the next phase of construction at 363-365 Bond Street, the 700-unit megadevelopment on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. Reps from the developer will present the upcoming construction timeline and take questions from neighbors, according to an announcement sent out by Council Member Brad Lander.

“The meeting is no doubt a small concession to the community, which had to deal with months-long pounding noise and vibration from pile driving during phase one of the project at 365 Bond Street,” noted Pardon Me For Asking, which published the announcement.

The meeting will happen from 6:30 to 8:30 pm tonight in the Community Room at Mary Star of the Sea, located at 41 1st Street in Gowanus.

Rendering by Goldstein Hill & West