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.
The new Crown Heights development at 500 Sterling Place is completely rented out – and at record-setting prices – after almost eight months, according to reps from Halstead Property Development Marketing. The seven-story, 77-unit development hit the market in July, with rents ranging from $1999 for a studio to $4,330 for a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex with two balconies. The apartments have fetched $61 per square foot, according to Halstead. Adam America developed the project, and Nataliya Donskoy designed it.
Hanson Dry’s Chris Buckley is opening his ’50s-inspired cocktail bar, Branch Ofc, tonight at 6 pm at 225 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights. Vinyl floors, antique cash registers and steel bar stools all help channel that midcentury vibe, and there will be a pinball machine and photo booth to help keep customers entertained. The menu offers $11 cocktails, $7 beers, $9 wines and a selection of bar snacks and sandwiches. It’ll be open from 3 pm to 2 or 4 am seven days a week.
Two Crown Heights teachers who want to create an educational community garden at 1662 Bergen Street received unanimous approval from Community Board 8 last night, despite the fact that the city-owned lot has been targeted for development. The concrete-covered, 1,800-square-foot lot is on the list of vacant sites that HPD wants to redevelop for affordable housing. It also sits across the street from Granville T Woods School on Rochester Avenue and Bergen, where Zsabatta Taylor and Liesel Zitman teach third and fourth grade.
The duo plan to use the space to teach kids from pre-K through fifth grade about agriculture and the environment, and to involve parents and the nearby community in the garden. Nonprofit 596 Acres will help install raised garden beds, the teachers told CB8.
After the meeting, a community board member who runs Mama Dee’s Garden nearby advised Taylor to get in touch with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust. BQLT acquires community gardens throughout the five boroughs to protect them from development. GMAP
A classic bay-fronted circa-1900 Renaissance Revival two-family is up for rent in Ocean Hill — the whole thing. Right on the border of Crown Heights, the sprawling four- or five-bedroom house has lots of original details and freshly renovated baths and kitchens — two, in fact.
With 2.5 bathrooms and just over 3,000 square feet, it seems like more than enough room for a group of roommates or a big family. There’s laundry in the basement and a nice big garden too. The 3 and 4 trains at Utica are three and a half blocks away. Do you think $3,850 a month makes sense?
This four-story building rising at 1444 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights, which will have a rather offbeat facade, is getting its exterior brick and windows. It’s already apparent that the design is turning out differently than the rendering shows. Instead of four rows of symmetrical, identical, big windows in the middle, the center pairs of windows are narrow slits arrayed asymetrically up and down the facade. It looks like the contrasting facade materials will be distributed in a different pattern, also, and there will likely be no room (or budget?) for the white rectangle that resembled a 19th century metal bay.
By the way, as we reported previously, when construction finishes, it will have eight units spread across 7,312 square feet of space, according to permits first filed in 2012. Joseph A. Mucciolo, P.C. is the architect.
It could still turn out well, but probably not as nice looking as the rendering. Click through to see that rendering, which we found on the fence in December 2013. It features a tripartite facade with wood panelling, brick and a section of white panelling in the middle. At the time, we said it looked like “a modern version of Queen Anne with its red and white coloring,” and Curbed called it a “Tetris-looking hodgepodge of brick, concrete, and wood.”
What do you think of how the building looks so far?
Permits were filed last week for a five-story building in a vacant lot at 83 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights. It’ll have 10 units spread across 7,443 square feet of residential space, as well as a shared roof deck, according to new building applications. The developer is DK Real Estate Group, which also built a four-story rental building two blocks south at 147 Rogers. Suresh Manchanda of L&C Associates is the architect of record. The 2,500-square-foot lot at the corner of Prospect Place changed hands last year for $1,200,000, according to public records.GMAP
Health care group Centers Health Care revealed details of its plans to make over the long-shuttered and derelict St. Mary’s Hospital at 170 Buffalo Avenue in Crown Heights into a nursing home at a meeting of Community Board 8 Thursday night. The firm has already gutted the building and plans to convert it to a 280-bed facility with 30 parking spots.
It will reduce the size of the hospital’s current parking lot and plant a garden in the western half of it, which extends between two unrelated neighboring apartment buildings. There will also be landscaping around the perimeter of the building. Architect John W. Baumgarten plans to revamp the exterior with stucco and highlight the existing corner staircases to soften the hulking structure’s appearance.
Centers Health Care purchased the 170,000-square-foot hospital for $19,500,000 last year, firm reps said last night. (Records show an LLC.) The firm is a group of independently owned and operated health care facilities of various types, including Brooklyn Center at 1455 Coney Island Avenue, run by Prospect Park Operating LLC, which we reported last year had leased St. Mary’s from the new owner for $1,500,000 for 15 years. (As far as we can tell, that operator has no connection to the similarly named Park Slope assisted living facility, Prospect Park Residences, which has been in litigation over its controversial sale and closure.)
The firm has already submitted a ULURP application to the Department of City Planning, as well as a variance application to the Board of Standards and Appeals. St. Mary’s received a variance for its height (eight stories without a setback) when it was constructed in 1975, and the new owner has to re-apply for the variance now that the building’s use has changed. And every new nursing home project must go through City Planning approval.
St. Mary’s shuttered because of bankruptcy in 2005, and it’s become decrepit and graffiti-covered in the intervening decade. The eight-story hospital occupies the eastern half of a block bounded by Rochester Avenue, Buffalo Avenue, St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place, close to the Weeksville Heritage Center. Click through for a photo of the current building, an interior rendering and a site plan.
Kosher burger spot Boeuf & Bun began serving up fancy burgers and a southern-inspired menu last week at 217 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights. The “artisanal burger lab” has some interesting options, like “The New Yorker,” with pastrami, cabbage slaw and horseradish; a slow-cooked beef sandwich; and a lamb burger with olive tapenade and cumin garlic aioli. For sides and snacks, there are hand-cut truffle fries, fried pickles, and “pulled beef puffy tacos.” And the two desserts are a deconstructed peanut butter s’more and fried oreos served with a strawberry reduction and ice cream.
Co-owner and executive chef Tzemach Woolstone said he hoped the restaurant would appeal to all kinds of people, not just the Jewish community. “We live in an awesome, diverse neighborhood. We try to create an environment that’s comfortable for everyone, even though we’re making a kosher product.”
Burgers run $13 to $18, and most of the sides and desserts cost $8 or $9. Right now, they’re open from 1 pm to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and Saturday from 90 minutes after sundown till 12:30 am. Has anyone tried it yet? GMAP
Just as Crown Heights dug itself out of the snowstorm, an outpost of the Harlem-based Manhattanville Coffee opened its doors Wednesday at 167 Rogers Avenue, on the corner of St. Johns Place. It is serving sandwiches, pastries and parfaits, in addition to coffee and tea. In the next few weeks, salads and soups will be added to the menu. The hours are 6:30 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 8 pm during the week. Click through to see the interior. GMAP
This teens two-bedroom apartment in Crown Heights has a nice layout and plenty of attractive original details. The two-family house at 1239 President Street was a HOTD in October, and sold for $999,000 last month (the ask was $1,200,000).
We spot coffered ceilings, an original mantel, wainscoting, hardwood floors and a claw foot tub. The kitchen is a little dated, but it’s got everything you’ll need. There’s a pretty large shared backyard too. But the rent seems high unless you plan to use the front living room as a third bedroom. What do you think of it for $2,950 a month?
A Crown Heights gas station and car wash at Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway has just sold for the jaw-dropping price of $32,500,000, and is already being dismantled to make way for an eight-story apartment building. Developer Adam America was the buyer of the 24,000-square-foot property at 1525 Bedford Avenue, as The Real Deal was the first to report. The new development will have 133 units spread across 91,337 square feet of residential space, and 20 percent of the apartments will be affordable, according to new building applications filed yesterday. Issac and Stern are the architects of record.
There will also be 14,669 square feet of commercial space, 42 underground parking spots, a gym, roof deck and basketball court, according to broker TerraCRG. The gas station closed last month, and a construction fence went up around the site a few weeks ago. The photo above shows workers taking down the BP sign in December.
Adam America’s first project in Crown Heights was a seven-story rental building at 500 Sterling Place, which began leasing last summer and sold last week for $48,000,000, according to The Real Deal.