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Construction has started at 1413 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where a Blink Fitness will replace Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center and a pharmacy. The existing two-story building will get an additional story and have space for six stores as well as the gym, according to permits.

We found this rendering posted on the fence, and were able to see work had started on the building inside but not take a photo. Construction is supposed to wrap this year, according to the sign on the fence.

Don’t confuse this development with the similar one at 1245 Fulton, between Bedford and Nostrand, where a Planet Fitness in a new building is replacing a clothing store. Click through to see what the site looks like from the street.  GMAP (more…)

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Two Trees has broken ground on the first building in the Domino Sugar complex, according to a press release we just received. It’s Site E, above, where the temporary Havemeyer Park was located, on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets. (Click through to see a rendering showing all the buildings.)

The 16-story building at 317 Kent Avenue will have 500 rental units, including 105 affordable units. It is expected to wrap in 2017. The developer also started rebuilding the waterfront pier, which will eventually house a five-acre public part, it said.

The reconstruction of the bulkhead and pier will take about 12 to 18 months. The James Corner Field Operations-designed park will include lawns, gardens, playing fields and better streets to make it easier to get to the waterfront. There will also be an elevated “artifact walk,” as previously reported, “modeled after the High Line,” with such finds as syrup tanks and cranes from the factory.

The SHoP-designed building will be clad in zinc and copper, with many terraces, a “dramatic courtyard,” views, and careful siting framed by pubic spaces, said the release. There will also be “small scale neighborhood” shops on the ground floors.

The affordable units will be aimed at residents earning 60 percent of the area median income, aka $33,560 to $50,340 for a family of four.

By the way, the now-closed pop-op Havemeyer Park will be relocated and open again somewhere on the Domino site this summer!

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New building applications were filed last week for five three-story townhouses on Park Avenue, next to the BQE in Wallabout. The houses at 306-314 Park Avenue will have three units each and range in size from 1,525 square feet to 1,750 square feet. It’s not the most optimal location for housing, but with three units each (and small ones at that), they’re probably intended as rental investment properties.

The applicant of record is BTE Design Services, and Moses Guttman is the developer. It looks like Guttman bought up the series of vacant properties at Park Avenue and Ryerson Street for a combined $210,000 over the last two years, according to public records. GMAP

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Developer Rabsky Group filed for a new-building permit for the third building on the enormous Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick Thursday. The building at 115 Stanwix Street will be eight stories tall, with 130 apartments and stores on the ground floor. The architect is Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design.

The apartments will be spread over 87,588 square feet of space, or about an average of 673 square feet per apartment, suggesting rentals. The building is located on a corner along Flushing Avenue, a busy commercial street that is one of Bushwick’s main thoroughfares. In addition to 3,298 square feet of stores, there will also be parking for bikes and 65 cars on the ground floor.

The second, seventh and eighth floors will have an “open roof,” according to the Schedule A.

Rabsky is assembling quite a sampler of popular Brooklyn architects to design the complex: Over at 10 Montieth Street, ODA is designing a 398-unit, seven-story building. ODA is known for designs that play with constructions and deconstructions of boxes; Donskoy, a former protege of Robert Scarano, does a lot of work in Williamsburg, some of it creative and unusual given what appear to be the usual budget constraints.

S9 Architecture is designing the first building in the complex to file, 123 Melrose. Read Property Group is the developer.

The Real Deal was the first to write about the filing.

Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group Applies for Third Building at Rheingold Site [TRD]
Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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Longtime residents of East New York care about the historic bank building at 91 Pennsylvania Avenue and want to save it. A group of about eight stood in the bitter cold Tuesday to protest its planned demolition, the Village Voice reported. As it happens, the protest was sparked by our story, we were surprised to read. Residents had seen the scaffolding and netting shrouding the building but assumed it was being repaired, not demolished.

We spoke last night to one of the organizers of the protest, Chris Banks, who is the director of local community group East New York United Concerned Citizens and a member of Community Board 5. He said the owner of the building has been in touch and they plan to meet, as he also told the Voice. Banks has also reached out to local Council Member Rafael Espinal and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries for help.

We hope a new use for the building can be found that will benefit both the owner and the community. Click through to the Voice story to read what the protesters said about the building.

Residents Brave (Seriously) Bitter Cold to Fight to Preserve Historic Brooklyn Bank Building [Voice]
Historic East New York Bank Building Will Be Torn Down [Brownstoner]
Demo Has Started at Historic Bank Building in East New York [Brownstoner]

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The scaffolding has come down at 177 Harrison Avenue to reveal a nearly complete religious school in the Broadway Triangle area. The building, which will house Bais Ruchel High School for girls, is considerably more elaborate than the simple cement block apartment buildings common in the area, with big arched windows and bands of trim accenting red brick. It departs significantly from the rendering, however, which can be seen after the jump.

Congregation Y.G.S. at 174 Rodney Street is the owner. Mark Marisca is the architect, according to the new-building permit. The five-story building will have an auditorium on the top floor and a play area on the roof, according to the Schedule A.

What do you think of the look? GMAP

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After years of delay, a long-planned three-story commercial building is pretty far along at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. The building at 340 4th Avenue will include 7,945 square feet of commercial space and 3,485 square feet for a community facility, according to permits first filed back in 2011.

Schedule A filings reveal that there will be retail on the first two floors and a school on the third floor, in addition to six parking spots.

Way back in 2008, there were rumors that Starbucks was considering a location on the empty lot, which sits in front of a Staples. The site is across the street from the park housing the Old Stone House in Park Slope — and now a block from Whole Foods.

Ultimately, developer Joseph Zafarani of BYP Capital LLC bought it for $3,250,000 in 2007, according to public records and a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. It has been and out of lis pendens since then, and Zafarani seems to have bought it out of foreclosure at auction in 2012, according to public records, which may explain the construction delay. The architect is Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Designs, according to the permits.

It’s not clear whether the building has topped out or will go higher, as per the rendering. Click through to see the rendering, which appears to be covered in Obama conspiracy theory graffiti.

Commercial Development Coming on 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

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There’s a development wave sweeping over Flatbush, and the latest addition is a seven-story apartment building planned for 2415 Church Avenue between Bedford and Rogers. Permits filed yesterday call for 59 apartments scattered across 48,370 square feet of residential space. The development will also have 30 enclosed parking spaces, 30 bike storage spots and a roof deck.

The architect of record is KSQ Architects, and William Stein of WRS Associates is the developer. WRS paid $1,000,000 for two empty lots at 2415 and 2423 Church Avenue last year, according to public records. The two parking lots total 17,000 square feet and have 123 square feet of frontage on Church. New York YIMBY was the first to write about the filing. GMAP

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Developer RedSky Capital plans to knock down the four buildings on Bedford for which it paid the record-breaking price of $40,000,000 and replace them with similarly sized buildings that will be retail-only. We suppose this marks the next evolutionary step in Bedford Avenue or Brooklyn real estate, since in most of the borough residential is the most profitable use for a site.

Renderings of the buildings planned to replace restaurant Tai Thai and clothing store PinkyOtto at 204-206 Bedford, above, and bar Spike Hill at 184-186 Bedford, next to Dunkin’ Donuts, after the jump, show identical facades with arch-topped windows in two bays, although a story in The Wall Street Journal said RedSky is entertaining several possible designs.

The developer plans to get anchor tenants on board before construction begins and is already talking to retailers. The site at 184-186 Bedford will be two stories with 9,600 square feet of store space “on three levels,” according to the Journal, so perhaps that includes the cellar. The site at 204-206 Bedford Avenue will also have three levels and 11,250 square feet of shops.

RedSky wants $400 a square foot for the street level spaces and $125 a square foot for the second floors. Further down Bedford at No. 247, where Apple has signed on as the anchor tenant, RedSky is also converting a mixed-use building to retail only.

Anyone want to bet on whether RedSky will scoop up the Salvation Army site across from Dunkin’ Donuts?

RedSky Investment Gives Retail a Lift [WSJ]
Developer Pays Three Times Record for Williamsburg Commercial Sites [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by Meshberg Group via Racked; rendering below via RedSky via Crain’s

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This may look like a renovation of an existing building, but in fact it is a brand new townhouse going up at 112 South 1st Street in South Williamsburg. The project is one of at least 10 new townhouses in three developments going up in this neck of the woods, according to the tipster who sent us these photos.

(The others include one across the street on what is now a parking lot and the Meshberg and Wythe Lane projects, which we’ll continue to cover as construction progresses.)

This one is designed by architect Steven Kratchman. It will house one family over four floors, according to permits. There will be parking on the ground floor, and the addition visible on the roof is only a bulkhead for the stair, according to the Schedule A.

Click through to see a rendering. The proportions and the garage door design look nice to us. It replaced a one-story garage. What do you think of it? GMAP

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Excavation is under way at 470 4th Avenue in Gowanus, where a 12-story building will eventually rise. The Aufgang Architect-designed project will bring 105 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space to the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, according to permits approved this month.

It looks like the development also has a new or alternate address at 237 11th Street. The 84,000-square-foot building will have ground floor retail, a courtyard, a medical office, a gym and 29 cellar parking spots, per Schedule A filings.

Developers Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group paid JBS Project Management $20,000,000 for six 19th century wood frame houses and three small commercial buildings on the corner last year, and demolished them last summer. Click through to see another construction photo and the rendering posted on the fence.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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There hasn’t been much activity recently at the site of the former Fox Savoy Theater in Crown Heights, but we did find this new rendering tacked to the construction fence at 1515 Bedford Avenue. The 1926 Neo-Classical structure was torn down last fall to make way for a 10-story, 114-unit apartment building.

The apartments are no longer set back from the retail stores below, the windows have changed, and the facade materials are more uniform and lighter in color. There are some other small changes too at the ground level. Overall, it looks similar to the initial concept but, if we may speculate, less expensive to build.

Developed by Realty Within Reach and designed by Issac and Stern, the new building will include ground-floor space for a synagogue, as we have previously reported. The DOB finally approved building permits for the project in January. The site has been cleared, but construction hasn’t started yet. Click through to see the old rendering, which we published last year.

What do you think of the tweaked design?

1515 Bedford Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Renderings by Issac and Stern

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