04/23/14 11:00am

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A mixed-use row house that looks like it will fit in well with the neighbors is going up at 202 Grand Street in Williamsburg, in what was previously an empty lot. We’re happy to see the heights of the stories are in keeping with the context. This has potential, depending on what finishes are chosen.

The new building permit calls for four stories with a restaurant on the ground floor and a one-family triplex above it. The architect is Jock Deboer.

Click through to the jump to see how the first three stories are looking. (more…)

04/23/14 10:00am

Seven homes out of nine have sold at the Townhouses of Cobble Hill development, according to a PR rep. The Landmarks-approved modern-yet-contextual houses at 110-126 Congress Street went on the market in May for $3,650,000 to $4,200,000, and only 110 and 114 are still available.

The four-bedroom, five-bath house at 110 Congress has 3,318 square feet of interior space and a 485-square-foot roof deck and is asking $3,900,000; the one at 114 has three bedrooms, five baths, 3,630 square feet of interior space and a 694-square-foot garden for $3,850,000. Construction should finish by the end of this year.

Designed by Adjmi and Andreoli (Adjmi was the architect of the Wythe Hotel), the project has been jointly developed by JMH Development and Madison Estates and Properties. GMAP

Rendering via Townhouses of Cobble Hill

04/22/14 11:30am

Eli Karp’s Hello Living has filed a new building application for its Flatbush development at 2415 Albemarle Road. New York YIMBY also spotted a new rendering for the project in the brochure for its Owners Club, which markets units to buyers while the building is still under construction.

Designed by Zambrano, the 12-story condo building will house 43 units across 34,857 square feet, according to permits. Amenities include 30 open parking spaces and 22 bike storage spots. Floor plans show 630-square-foot one-bedrooms and 816-square-feet two-bedrooms, each of which has a 90- or 100-square-foot balcony, as previously reported.

Hello Living is working on three other projects nearby: Two in Prospect Lefferts Gardens East Flatbush (New York Avenue and Lenox Avenue Road) and one on Sterling Place in Crown Heights.

Revealed: 2415 Albemarle Road [YIMBY] GMAP
Design Debuts for Hello Living in Flatbush [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Zambrano via Hello Living

04/22/14 11:00am

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A sidewalk shed has gone up and work has started at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, aka the Broken Angel, where developer and architect Alex Barrett is converting the former art project, once a tenement building, into eight condos.

An Alt 1 permit for 4 Downing Street approved last month specifies an interior and exterior renovation, a reduction in the number of units from nine to eight, and a new certificate of occupancy. According to the permit, the work will cost about $1,100,000. (Two more condos are planned at 8 Downing.)

Thanks to a reader for the tip and the second photo, which shows the demo debris on the site behind the construction shed.

Broken Angel Coverage [Brownstoner]

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04/22/14 10:00am

Eight condos have hit the market at Barrett Development’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, with two- and three-bedrooms starting at $875,000. The thoroughly modern building replaced two decrepit 19th century townhouses and is still under construction.

BuzzBuzzHome spotted the listings, which range from $875,000 for an 888-square-foot two-bedroom to $2,200,000 for a 1,687-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse. Corcoran is marketing the condos, which include features like wide plank white oak floors, powder coated steel cabinetry, washers and dryers, and private basement storage. The building materials are cast-in-place concrete over steel deck, which “allows for extra-high ceilings and superior soundproofing” says the listing.

Four of the units come with private outdoor space, and Unit 2A has the largest terrace at 900 square feet. You can check out the floor plans on the development’s website, and we have more renderings after the jump.

What do you think of the look of the building, interiors and pricing?

Say Hello to Barrett’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Starting at $875,000 [BuzzBuzzHome] GMAP
440 Atlantic Avenue Listings [Corcoran]
440 Atlantic [Barrett Development]

Renderings via 440 Atlantic

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04/18/14 10:00am

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A tipster sent us a construction-site rendering of the seven-story, 35-unit building going up on the large empty lot at 1035 Fulton, and we then found more on the website of the now-ubiquitous Issac & Stern.

The red brick building resembles 19th century warehouses of the type you see in Soho, Dumbo and the South Street Seaport. If it’s executed like the rendering shows, we think the retail section at ground level is going to be appealing, with a canopy and lots of steel or iron mullioned windows and doors to attract passerby. We also appreciate the thoughtful treatment of the under-window air units, which are covered in matching steel or iron cross bars.

The building is obviously modern yet should fit well into a historic context. (Nearby are other 19th century warehouses as well as carriage houses and townhouses.) We’d like to see more of this type of design in Brooklyn. What do you think of it? Click through to the jump for more.

Large Apartment Building Planned for Fulton and Downing in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]

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04/18/14 9:30am

Construction continues on the corner of Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill, where Brennan Realty is building three Landmarks-approved neo-traditional townhouses. The first of the townhouses, 2A Strong Place, is a 3,720-square-foot five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home that’s entered contract after an asking price of $4,475,000. This house first hit the market last spring at $4,150,000, and the other two will be listed for sale in the fall, a spokewoman for Brennan Realty told us.

Designed by CWB Architects, the homes in the Cobble Hill Historic District are meant to resemble classic brick Brooklyn townhouses. Pictured above are the three townhouses at the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place. All three will have yards and there will be a carriage house in back on Kane Street with a studio and garage. Click through to the jump to see that part of the construction site.

Second Strong Place Townhouse Debuts [Brownstoner]

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04/17/14 9:00am

Brooklyn is slated to lose a number of its wood frame houses to development this year. Often these houses are some of the oldest in the borough, although they may not look like much, at least from the outside.

Just like so many other aging wood frames in Brooklyn, this little house on Chauncey Street in Bed Stuy, above, is meeting the wrecking ball soon. Demo applications were filed last week to knock down the two-story home at 201 Chauncey, as well as a shed and row of garages on the property. We don’t know the home’s exact age, but our columnist Montrose Morris noted that it is at least as old as 1880, but probably older, in this Building of the Day post. There’s no word on what will replace the house, but we’re betting it will be an apartment building. An LLC bought the 50 by 108.5 foot lot in February for $1,400,000 — seven times its last sale price in 2004.

Now that warmer weather has set in (apart from yesterday, of course), the applications for demo permits have ticked up in the building department. A large number of the houses marked for demo are wood frames.

We wondered if that’s because they tend to be in worse condition or less expensive than their brick and stone counterparts. Preservationist Elizabeth Finkelstein of The Wooden House Project attributed the trend to rising real estate values in working-class neighborhoods, some of which happen to have a large concentration of frame houses.

“I think the wooden houses right now are especially vulnerable because of the trend in people moving to places like Bushwick and Greenwood Heights,” she said. “People can’t afford to buy in Brownstone Brooklyn anymore, so they’re moving to frame-heavy neighborhoods. Developers follow. While Park Slope and Cobble Hill have been expensive for a long time, homeowners in Bushwick have only recently been able to cash out. I think they’re taking advantage of the market, at the expense of some of these houses.”

A few examples we have covered recently are 111 Clarkson and 50-54 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 664 Jefferson Avenue and 447 Decatur in Bed Stuy, and, of course, the six 19th-century wood frames at 233-301 11th Street in Gowanus, which will be replaced by a large apartment building at 470 4th Avenue.

Next up are houses from Crown Heights to Bushwick, including: 1480 Pacific Street, 1168 Greene Avenue, 45 Cedar Street, 726 Monroe Street, 341 Sackett Street, 539 Van Buren and 1255 Decatur Street. The house at 1480 Pacific, which was a Building of the Day in February, is part of the proposed Crown Heights North III Historic District expansion.

With the notable exception of Brooklyn Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the first to be landmarked, Landmarks has not typically designated areas with lots of wood frame houses, although some were included in the historic districts of Greenpoint and Wallabout, which are both primarily wood-house neighborhoods. Partly this is because wood frames tend to be highly altered and covered in siding, which can make them ineligible. But there is hope, said Finkelstein.

“Greenpoint is an interesting example of a neighborhood that was landmarked while much of it was still covered in siding (I’m actually surprised the LPC did this). Many of the houses still are, but you can see the positive effect landmarking has had on some of the wooden houses on Milton and Noble streets.” Although, she added, the LPC focused on the most brick-heavy part of Greenpoint and called that the historic district. “So while the historic district does contain some wooden houses, they still brought their brick bias with them.”

Another possible explanation for the demise of wood frame houses: They are sitting on more land and have more FAR. This is certainly the case with 201 Chauncey Street.

– Cate Corcoran and Rebecca Baird-Remba

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

04/16/14 11:30am

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We stopped by 88 Richardson Street the other day, and lo and behold, the building is almost up to its full seven stories. This is the Karl Fischer-designed building with 188 units that is rising on the site of the former Meeker Flea Market next to the BQE in Williamsburg.

The developer is Brooklyn-based Rabsky Development, which bought the lot for $18,000,000 in 2012. At the time, it seemed like an odd location for residential development. In hindsight, the acquisition of almost any site in Williamsburg seems prescient.

Click through to the jump for a photo of the rendering posted on the construction fence. We like the massing and the play of geometric patterns with the windows and various facade materials. What’s your opinion?

Fischer-Designed Apartments Rising at Ex-Meeker Flea Site [Brownstoner] (more…)

04/16/14 10:00am

A mixed-use development is in the works for part of a very large empty site on Myrtle Avenue across from the Marcy Houses in Bed Stuy, New York NIMBY reported.

Architect Charles Mallea filed a new building application Monday for an eight-story, 46-unit building at 802-806 Myrtle Avenue. The street frontage will cover three of 15 contiguous empty lots, all 25 feet wide, on the block.

The 31,125-square-foot building will include 23 bike storage spots, a shared roof deck and 76 square feet of commercial space in the basement. The building will be 94 feet high, so “ceiling heights will be surprisingly generous compared to typical new developments in the neighborhood,” said YIMBY.

South Williamsburg-based developer Bright Villas LLC bought the 7,500-square-foot piece of land in a series of transfers in 2012 totaling $1,750,000; the properties were originally owned by a church called Mt. Zion Church of Christ Disciples, according to public records. DOB permits indicate the ramshackle three-story church was demolished in 2010. HPD owns the 12 empty lots next door.

“Positive changes are gradually occurring across the entire neighborhood, and developments like 802 Myrtle will go a long ways towards bettering the area’s reputation, which has typically revolved around the negative press surrounding its public housing,” said YIMBY. What do you think?

Permits Filed: 802 Myrtle Avenue [YIMBY] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

A La Quinta Inn is coming to 1229 Atlantic Avenue near Nostrand, where excavation and foundation work recently began at the large, now vacant lot on the Crown Heights/Bed Stuy border. We found this schematic on the fence after leaving the post office next door. The hotel will rise seven stories with 102 rooms, according to new building permits approved in February.

The 34,902-square-foot building will also feature four off-street parking spaces, a recreation room, lounge, meeting and conference rooms. Hotel plans have been in the works since May 2012, when an LLC snagged the 8,440-square-foot property for $1,600,000 and filed initial new building applications. Askon Architects P.C. is designing the building. The La Quinta will join a few other hotels nearby on Atlantic, including a Best Western on the other side of Nostrand, the Hotel Luxe and the Atlantic Motor Inn.

See what’s behind the fence after the jump. GMAP

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04/14/14 10:45am

All the windows are in and the balconies are being installed at 500 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, where this seven-story luxury rental is inching closer to completion. The 77-unit development started construction last summer and will weigh in at 53,086 square feet when it’s finished.

Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture is the architect of record, and the building closely resembles her contrasting light and dark gray rendering. Amenities will include 39 subterranean parking spaces, ground floor recreational space, storage, private roof terraces and a 1050-square-foot common roof deck.

Construction signage says the Silverstone Property development will finish in February 2015, but we think it could be sooner than that.

Check out a side view after the jump.

Size of Luxury Rental Build in Crown Heights Doubles, Rendering Shows Boxy Build [Brownstoner]

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