77 commercial street greenpoint

The waterfront megadevelopment at 77 Commercial Street in Greenpoint is kicking into high gear this week with three new building applications for towers at 77, 85 and 87 Commercial Street. CetraRuddy Architecture filed plans for a 30-story, 224-unit building at No. 77 and a 40-story, 296-unit building at No. 87. The two high-rises will reach 306 feet and 402 feet into the air, easily dwarfing everything else near the Greenpoint waterfront.

The final building at No. 85 will be only six stories tall but hold 200 apartments spread across 230,149 square feet. It will also have 300 underground parking spots, 360 bike storage spaces, MTA offices and parking, ground-floor retail and the development’s leasing office, according to Schedule A filings. Developer Chetrit Group has promised to set aside 200 units of affordable housing and work with the city to create Box Street Park. 

Meanwhile, site work began last month at the Greenpoint Landing, which is next door on Commercial Street and will eventually include 10 towers, four acres of park land and a K through 8 school.

77 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by CentraRuddy and MPFP via WSJ

250 ashland place rendering 92014

New York YIMBY dug up a rendering of 250 Ashland Place, aka BAM North Site 1, we haven’t seen before, and it is looking sleek.

The image shows the south side of the 52-story mixed-income tower, which is rising at the corner of Fulton Street in the BAM Cultural District, as it will be seen from Lafayette Avenue, behind Theater for a New Audience. FXFOWLE is designing the 586-unit high-rise, which will have 281 affordable units and 305 market rate ones.

Gotham Organization and DT Salazar are developing the project on a former city-owned parking lot.

New Look: 250 Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
City Plans 52-Story High Rise for BAM North Site I in BAM Cultural District in Fort Greene [Brownstoner] GMAP

st teresas 523 st johns place crown heights 92014

It’s sat empty for 20 years, but now it looks like work is finally under way to convert the old St. Teresa’s school complex into a training school for court officers at St. Johns Place and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights. We spotted this rendering on the fence, which shows that the three buildings will keep their facades but there will be a new glass walkway connecting them.

Also, the DOB issued new alteration permits earlier this month for the planned classrooms and dorms at 523 St. Johns Place. Work is supposed to wrap in the winter of 2015, according to construction signs.

Work Spotted at the St. Teresa Building Complex [Brownstoner] GMAP
New Life for St. Teresa’s Building Complex [Brownstoner]

540 vanderbilt avenue prospect heights

Forest City Ratner has filed new building applications for a third, conventionally built building at 540 Vanderbilt Avenue. The development comes hot on the heels of filings for a second new building, 535 Carlton Avenue, the state’s plans to seize seven Atlantic Yards properties under eminent domain, and lawsuits over the first tower, B2.

The complex between Pacific and Dean Streets will rise 17 stories and house 282 units. Designed by Cook+Fox, the project will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail. (more…)

112 atlantic avenue cobble hill

Cobble Hill’s last remaining gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue is biting the dust, and a four-story residential building will rise in its place. New York YIMBY first spotted the new building application for the 23,355-square-foot project at the corner of Henry and Atlantic. It will have eight apartments scattered across 17,355 square feet — which works out to about 2,000 square feet per apartment — along with 6,000 square feet of shops on the ground floor.

There will also be an automated parking garage for eight cars, a bike storage room and private roof decks for two units on the top floor. Angelo Cosentini’s On the Level is developing the building, and BKSK Architects are the architects of record.

Permits Filed: 112 Atlantic Avenue, Cobble Hill [NYY] GMAP
Atlantic Avenue Gas Station in Cobble Hill Likely to Be Lost [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

120 union avenue williamsburg

Developers of big Gowanus project 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate Property Group and Israeli-based Naveh Shuster Limited, are moving into south Williamsburg with plans for two plots. The three developers purchased 120 Union Avenue for $15,500,000 this week, and are set to close on a site across the street at 100 Union Avenue for $6,000,000 by the end of the year, The Real Deal reported.

The group plans to spend $65,000,000 to build a six-story rental development with ground floor retail at the first address. The 75,000-square-foot building will hold 100 rental units and 2,000 square feet of shops. (more…)

331 saratoga avenue ocean hill rendering 82014

We found this rendering for a five-story affordable housing development on the fence at 331 Saratoga Avenue between Bergen and Dean Streets in Ocean Hill. SLCE is designing the building, which will have 80 units, 40 bike storage spots and 15 off-street parking spaces, as previously reported.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has owned the lot for 40 years, but Dunn Development is the developer. Half the units will be reserved for families living below the poverty line, and the complex will be called Bergen Saratoga Apartments. Construction signage predicts it will be finished in October 2015.

When we looked behind the fence, we saw excavation and foundation work under way. Click through to see the progress. What do you think of the design?

SLCE to Design Five Stories of Affordable Housing on Vacant Lot in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP


626 bushwick avenue bushwick 82014

Steel is rising quickly on an empty lot next to the former St. Mark’s St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church at 626-628 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick. Developer Cayuga Capital is developing the church, the old school building, and this corner lot into a total of 99 apartments, as previously reported. The new address for the project seems to be 616 Bushwick Avenue, according to permits on the corner. (more…)

26 west street greenpoint

Another day, another new project on the Greenpoint waterfront. A six-story apartment development designed by Karl Fischer will replace a low-slung office building at 26 West Street between Oak and Calyer Streets. Fischer filed new building applications today for the 72-unit building, which will have 4,988 square feet of residential space. There will also be 42 enclosed parking spots and bike storage. The developer is Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group, who bought the property for $12,700,000 in July, according to public records. An air conditioning company was the previous occupant and owner. GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


The mudslinging has begun over construction delays at Atlantic Yards, with Skanska and Forest City Ratner trading lawsuits today over issues at the first tower, B2. Forest City accuses Skanska of massive delays and cost overruns amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Last week, Skanska shut down its modular apartment factory at the Navy Yard and halted construction on Dean Street. Work began on the 32-story, 363-unit modular B2 tower in December 2012, and it’s risen to about 10 stories so far.

Forest City wants a judge to order Skanska to restart construction and re-open the factory. The work suspension has left 150 union employees out of work and — here’s a juicy detail revealed in the lawsuit — the project’s construction lender has temporarily stopped giving funds for a loan until it receives a new anticipated completion date, the Daily News reported. (more…)

carlton mews townhouses fort greene 82014

Two years after construction started, the Carlton Mews townhouses in Fort Greene look like they could be getting ready to hit the market. The stoops are in, and the five townhouses are ready for cornices. The neotraditional homes have all their windows and brick facades, and it looks like interior work is under way. Construction signage says they’ll be finished by December.

The project has come a long way since one of the townhouses collapsed, killing a construction worker in September 2012. (more…)