After a few months of demolition, the Lightstone Group has filed the first new building application for its controversial 700-unit rental development at 363 Bond Street, on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. The application outlines a plan for a 12-story development with 268 units.
The 249,571 square-foot building will include 3,625 square feet of commercial space, 1,018 square feet of community space and 244,928 square feet of residential space. The building will also have 111 underground parking spaces, a basketball court, gym, locker rooms, a lounge, children’s play area, bike storage and a pool, according to the Schedule A filing.
Meanwhile, next door at 388 Carroll Street, Lightstone has just filed a new round of demolition applications to knock down a storage shed and two silos.
Here’s what the new rental building going up at 470 4th Avenue near 11th Street will look like. The Real Deal published the rendering Friday, which it received in a press release.
It looks like the building may be red brick with a glassy set back. The drawing shows a 14-story building, though it could wind up being 12 stories, as we wrote Friday. The structure will be at least three times higher than its immediate neighbors on the block, although there is a similarly sized new building down the street at 4th Avenue and 12th Street. Permits for the new build have not yet been filed.
The buyers of the huge development site on the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street are planning a mixed-use rental building 12 to 14 stories high, The Real Deal reported. The building at 470 4th Avenue will have 107,000 square feet of space and ground-floor shops.
The sale closed this month, as promised. The buyers are a group of three developers, including Adam America, which also purchased the McDonald’s site further up 4th Avenue at No. 275 in Park Slope, said The Real Deal. The other two are Slate Property Group and Naveh Shuster. The buyers paid the asking price of $20,000,000. TerraCRG brokered the sale.
The deal means that this corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street will soon look like a lot of other corners on 4th Avenue, with a new building four times higher than its immediate neighbors. On the 11th Street side is a quiet block of small 19th-century wooden row houses. Across the busy avenue are two large 19th century apartment buildings four stories high. Just one block down at the corner of 12th Street is similarly sized new construction, a 12-story apartment building.
The new development is part of a construction boom sweeping 4th Avenue after a rezoning. Demolition will start in the next two months. No new building permits have been filed yet.
Seller JBS Project Management, surprisingly, was able to assemble the 12,690-square-foot site by purchasing six individual row houses and three commercial buildings on seven tax lots as well as air rights from an adjacent building, as we reported at the time. The development site extends six lots into the block on the 11th Street side.
Just next to the property are some intact and much photographed wood row houses. Click through to the jump to see them.
This new two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent on the border of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus is spacious and comes with a roof deck. The 1,155-square-foot pad has a large open plan living room and kitchen with a garbage disposal, dishwasher and Nespresso machine.
And the master bedroom has two closets, an en-suite bathroom and access to the roof deck. It’s also just across the bridge from the new Whole Foods and three blocks from the Carroll Street F/G. What do you think of it for $4,400 a month?
Gowanus residents have been debating whether the neighborhood’s rapid development will bring positive changes. Now two filmmakers want to document how Gowanus residents and workers want it to evolve in the coming decades. Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds plan to follow development in Gowanus for a year and collect people’s visions of the hood’s future in “Gowanus Current.” Here are their instructions on how to contribute:
“If you live, work or have other involvement in Gownaus, I want to hear what your vision of the future of the neighborhood is.
I have a phone line set up to record your thoughts at 347-765-0148. Nobody will ever answer that line and you can call at any hour. Please follow this format, ‘Hello. My name is _____________ and my vision of the future of Gowanus is ________________________.’ Answers may be posted on the project’s website or used in the film.
Please pass this around to your friends and neighbors. I want everyone to be heard.”
An anonymous urban explorer sent us these photos of his trip inside the landmarked but dilapidated Coignet building at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, which Whole Foods is supposed to begin restoring soon. The organic food giant had promised to finish restoring the building before it opened its doors in Gowanus, but construction may have further damaged it. The Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 in December for failing to maintain the property.
When we stopped by last month, the building was open to the elements, with broken windows accessible on the ground floor and what looked like new structural cracks at the base of the building.
Here’s the explorer’s description of the interior:
“For the most part the interior is characterless in terms of details and finishes, but it’s really neglected, which isn’t justified for it being such a badass New York City landmark. There’s a pretty cool spiral staircase that goes from the basement to the second floor and in the basement there’s a walk-in vault. For some reason I spent most of my time down there — a combination of incredible low light and the feeling like it was the only part that didn’t have a cheap 1950′s renovation. Didn’t Whole Foods make a deal whereby they can straddle the shit out of the Coignet Building as long as they help to restore it? Some of the floors and parts of the staircase are collapsing from water damage so clearly something needs to be done. I would hate to see this follow in the footsteps of Admiral’s Row.”
Click through the jump for the rest of the photos!
It looks like the crumbling but landmarked Coignet building may finally be getting some love.
In December, the city approved new permits for Whole Foods to restore the building at 360 3rd Avenue. The permit, filed on October 11 and approved on December 3, outlines plans to “renovate building facade, repair, replacement and repointing cast stones wall, reconstruct stairs, install new windows and doors as shown on drawings.”
In early December, neighborhood residents complained to the city that construction of the new grocery store had damaged the landmark. On December 20, the Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 for failure to maintain the property, The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time. Although Whole Foods does not own the building, it promised to restore and stabilize the exterior in exchange for being able to build its store on the landmark property.
A year earlier, Whole Foods had said it planned to finish the building restoration before it opened its new store.
Prospect Heights’ beloved Ample Hills Creamery plans to open a second location at 305 Nevins Street in Gowanus in the spring, the company announced Thursday. The new, 3,600-square-foot location will not only feature a much-expanded retail space, but also a manufacturing facility that will allow Ample Hills to quadruple its production.
The store will have a counter as well as indoor and outdoor seating. A second floor with an ice cream-churning bicycle and an adjoining deck will be available for private parties, ice cream classes and special events. The space is being designed to accommodate lines of customers, who will be able to watch ice cream being made as they wait.
As far as we know, Ample Hills is the only ice cream manufacturer in New York that makes its own base. When it opened in 2011, the store was overwhelmed and sold out of ice cream in the first four days.
In honor of the new location next to a Superfund site, the company is cooking up a new flavor that will be called “Toxic Sludge,” according to The Daily News.
The new location is close to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and within walking distance of the Double D pool and Whole Foods. Ample Hills also operates pushcarts at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and has a cookbook (published by Abrams) coming out in April. GMAP
This three-bedroom, two-bath triplex in Gowanus is charming and big enough for a family. Although the listing claims the apartment is in Carroll Gardens, it’s actually just over the boundary east of Hoyt and within two blocks of the canal. The apartment is spread across a parlor floor, garden floor and a furnished basement. It also has a little private garden.
The two parlor-floor bedrooms seem nicely sized. The third is located in what the listing calls the basement, but it’s below the garden floor, which technically makes it the cellar. Usually bedroom units on that level are illegal, and in this location, we’d be worried about flooding.
The kitchen has been nicely renovated and offers a Viking stove, dishwasher and washer/dryer, as well as an island for additional counter space. And it’s only two blocks from the Carroll Street F and G trains. Of course, all this space and a garden doesn’t come cheap. What’s your opinion of it for $5,500 a month?
Owners Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert built ten indoor, 50-foot-long shuffleboard courts at 514 Union Street, which had been a 17,000-square-foot warehouse. When the club was first planned, their neighbors were concerned about noise from such a large venue. But Schnapp and Albert have since gained the support of their local community board. Royal Palms promises kitschy, 1960s Florida-inspired decor, including potted plants and retro lawn furniture, as well as grub from a revolving group of a food trucks. They’re also organizing a Brooklyn shuffleboard league.
The graffiti-covered and abandoned MTA powerhouse known as the Gowanus Batcave is finally being cleaned out by the state, First and Court reported. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a remediation plan for the site, which housed factories for Nassau Sulfur Works and Smith and Shaw Mattress Materials and Paper Stock beginning in 1886.
Brooklyn Rapid Transit acquired the property to use as a powerhouse in 1904, and “under their ownership, it appears that coal was delivered by water and transported beneath the site via coal tunnel,” the state notes. It was later owned by the Williamsburg Power Plant Corp. and then the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which used it as an electrical substation and switching yard until 1996.
Plans include removing “grossly contaminated soil” and any soil that contains high levels of PCBs. The public comment period for the plan will last 45 days, from January 3 until February 17. Owner Joshua Rechnitz has said he wants to build art galleries and studio spaces on the site.
With the opening of Whole Foods this week, the condition and fate of the Coignet building has been in the news a lot. To many, it’s just another wreck of an old building that should be torn down. But for preservationists, and architectural historians, this “wreck” is an important building. It stands there, forlorn and neglected, but it’s truly worthy of restoration and reuse. Not only for what it is, architecturally speaking, but for its place in Brooklyn’s history. Here’s the story of the Coignet building.
Today, where even the cheapest infill housing is now made of reinforced concrete, a concrete building seems like no big deal. But the Coignet building was one the first of its kind in the United States. Concrete is one of civilization’s oldest building materials, a mixture of sand or gravel, water and a cement binder. The ancient Romans used it to build vaulted roofs, ceilings and their great domes. The Pantheon in Rome, built in the 1st century, has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world, and it’s still standing firm after over two thousand years. Concrete is strong, and lasting, and cheap.
But for centuries, the Western world has gone with other materials, specifically brick, wood and stone. In the mid-19th century, European builders began exploring the use of concrete again, at the same time experimenting with adding iron for reinforcement. One of these men, Frenchman Francois Coignet, was especially successful. His patented formulas and the practical uses of his concrete at the 1855 Paris Exhibition gained him great attention, even here in America. (more…)