269 fourth avenue park slope 112014

U.S. Developments Group has just filed a new-building application for a 12-story mixed-use building at 269 4th Avenue, on the site of a former auto repair shop. NY YIMBY first spotted the paperwork, which calls for 26 units and 42,100 square feet of space.

The ground floor will have a 2,600-square-foot day care center and a 760-square-foot eating and drinking establishment, according to the Schedule A. There will also be 12 accessory parking spaces, 16 bike storage spots and a roof deck.

The applicant of record is an engineering firm. Next door at 275 4th Avenue developer Adam America is building an 11-story project on the site of a former McDonald’s.

Permits Filed: 269 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYY] GMAP
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1290 decatur street bed stuy 112014

Lately we’ve been noticing a lot of new development in the far reaches of Bushwick near the cemeteries, and the latest is four new apartment buildings slated for 1290-1300 Decatur Street, between Wilson and Knickerbocker Avenues. Each building will have four stories and eight units spread across 5,451 square feet of residential space, according to new building applications filed today. There will also be a penthouse with two private terraces and a public roof terrace in all four buildings.

Permits show that the development will have a main address of 1290 Decatur Street and individual building addresses at 1290, 1292, 1294 and 1300 Decatur. S3 Architecture is designing the project, and the owner is Rimon Gabbay, according to permits.

A two-story brick apartment building and a one-story garage currently occupy the two properties at 1290 and 1300 Decatur, which changed hands last year for $495,000, according to public records. Demolition applications haven’t been filed for the two buildings yet. GMAP

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67 havemeyer street williamsburg 112014

Hedge fund CEO Harsh Padia has snagged a big one-story factory at 67 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg for $8,850,000, according to public records. The 50-by-140 foot lot could accommodate a residential building as large as six stories and 23,760 square feet under the current zoning, according to PropertyShark. Instead, Padia is planning a four-story, one-family house, according to new building applications filed earlier this month.

The DOB disapproved plans for the 2,600-square-foot house yesterday, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the existing building, which is home to a printing company. The site is L-shaped and sits at the corner of Havemeyer and North 6th, less than a block from the BQE.

Padia is the head of hedge fund HAP Capital, and his wife, Purvi Padia, is an interior designer. If the plans go through, we expect they will have some very nice outdoor space on this big lot. The applicant of record is Schneider Associates. This will be an interesting one to watch.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

376 franklin avenue bed stuy 112014

Five or six stories have risen at 376 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, where a six-story apartment building is replacing a decrepit wood frame between Quincy and Gates. The development will have 20 units spread across 14,241 square feet of residential space, as well as 10 underground parking spaces and 10 bike storage spots, as we reported in January. The developer is Tomer Development, and the architect of record is Olabanji B Awosika. The little white frame house that used to occupy the lot sold for $800,000 two years ago and was later torn down.

376 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The wrecking ball is coming for this attractive circa-1900 walkup at 88 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which sold for $11,000,000 last month and will be replaced by condos. The new owner, Second Development Services, filed a demolition application for the four-story, eight-unit building last Friday.

A deed dated October 1 lists Second Development as the buyer. The site’s zoning allows a building as large as 33,330 square feet, which works out to a sale price of $330 per buildable square foot, a record for the area, according to GlobeSt.com, which covered the sale.

SDS told the publication they’re going to build a 20-story condo on the lot between Boerum Place and Court Street. The developer is also working on the 29-story Vos Hotel at 95 Rockwell Place. GMAP

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A really big mixed-use development is coming to Fulton Street near Tompkins in Bed Stuy. Architect Karl Fischer will design two six- and seven-story apartment buildings with ground floor retail there. The seven-story development at 1428-1430 Fulton Street will have 74 units and 11,744 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to new building applications filed today. On the second floor, there will be 1,137 square feet of indoor recreation space and a 4,400-square-foot outdoor terrace, per Schedule A filings. There will also be 49 subterranean parking spaces and 22 bike storage spots.

The property, pictured above, is currently home to a three-story building for “public assembly,” or banquet hall, according to PropertyShark.

The second, six-story building will rise on the other side of the block at 293 Herkimer Street. That building will include 10 units spread across 11,965 square feet, along with an outdoor courtyard, indoor recreation space and 17 bike storage spaces.

Permits show that the owner is Moses Strulowitz of CS Real Estate (incidentally, he’s the brother-in-law of murdered developer Menachem Stark). He also purchased two neighboring properties at 1426 and 1432-1438 Fulton Street for $11,000,000 last February, according to public records. No. 1426 is home to a storefront with two floors of apartments over it. The other property is the empty lot pictured above, which goes all the way through to the other side of the block.

No demolition permits have been filed yet. GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

1025 pacific street rendering crown heights 112014

We caught this rendering on the fence at 1025 Pacific Street in Crown Heights, where plans call for a two-story brick building with a banquet hall and community space. The 5,347-square-foot building will have 3,200 square feet of commercial space and 2,147 square feet for a community facility, according to new building permits issued in September.

The text on the awning in the rendering appears to say “Pacific Townhouse,” which makes us wonder if this will be community space for a nearby nonprofit development. Plans for the site were first filed way back in 2005. The property has been a vacant lot for decades and last changed hands for $240,000 in 2004. 

The owner is an LLC, although listed as the owner on DOB filings is the name Jarican Realty Inc., which appears to be a small real estate firm in Bed Stuy. Back in the 1970s, the property was owned by Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C.

In any case, we think the building design looks great. GMAP

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The long-stalled apartment development turned parking lot at 510 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg sold for $25,000,000 in September, according to public records. Last month, we published this rendering for the site designed by ODA Architecture, which apparently cannot get enough of unevenly stacked boxes.

The buyer is developer DHA Capital, according to the deed. Curiously, Crain’s reported in September that a different developer, Alliance Private Capital Group, said it had purchased the site for $35,000,000.

A development as large as 70,0000 square feet could be built on the property between North 8th and North 9th streets. That works out to $357 a buildable square foot for the DHA deal, or $500 a buildable square foot for Alliance — which would be one of the highest prices ever paid for a Williamsburg development site, according to Crain’s.

ODA Releases Cube-Happy Design to Maximize Light, Air in Williamsburg Building [Brownstoner] GMAP

Rendering by ODA Architecture


A former school and Building of the Day at 265 Nostrand Avenue in Bed Stuy is being turned into apartments. The three-story Renaissance Revival structure is getting a two-story addition and 30 units, according to alteration permits. Ten duplex apartments will occupy the top two floors, according to Schedule A filings.

listing for a two-bedroom – we’re not sure if it was a rental or condo sale — went up in March but is no longer active, according to Zillow (we couldn’t find any record on StreetEasy or elsewhere). The interiors look pretty basic — a strip kitchen with stainless steel appliances, central heat and a typical new-construction bathroom. The listing says there’s a shared backyard. Thanks to a tipster for the listing and the heads up on the building.

Originally the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, and more recently a church, the building was constructed in 1903 and designed by J. B. McElfatrick and Sons. Public records show that it last changed hands two years ago for $1,803,600. The building doesn’t have a new certificate of occupancy or a condo declaration on file, which might explain why there are no active listings or sales. Click through to see a schematic and a few interior shots.

Update: The interior photos on the Zillow listing are from another building, a spokeswoman for Aptsandlofts, which is repping the building, told us. She said she didn’t have any more information about 265 Nostrand and whether it will be condos or rentals. We took down the interior shots.


828 bedford avenue bed stuy 112014

We caught this schematic on the fence at 828 Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy, a block from the Williamsburg border, where foundation work recently began for a six-story apartment development. Plans for the 11-unit building were first filed in 2002, but the latest round of new building permits were issued in June of this year. The architect of record is De-Jan Lu, and the owner is an LLC who purchased the lot from another LLC for $1,015,125 last year. It looks like the project will be condos, because the previous owners filed a condo declaration in 2009. The property is a sizable 50 by 100 foot vacant lot that once held a car repair shop, according to old tax photos.

Click through to see what’s behind the fence.


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The townhouse trend continues with plans filed for what is likely to be affordable housing on a stretch of empty city-owned lots on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. Permits call for three three-story two-family homes at 716-720 Lafayette Avenue. Each townhouse will have 2,376 square feet and be configured as an upper duplex over a ground floor apartment.

The architects of record are Curtis + Ginsberg, who helped design the affordable Navy Green project in Clinton Hill and have worked on mixed-income multifamily developments elsewhere in Brooklyn. Permits list the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as the owner. The city has owned the vacant lots since at least the mid-1980s, according to public records. GMAP

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429 kent avenue oosten 1 williamsburg 112014

Three stories have risen above ground so far at the Oosten, the Dutch-designed and Chinese-developed condo complex at 429 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg. Looking into the huge construction site between South 8th and South 11th streets, we could see the building taking shape around what will eventually become a landscaped inner courtyard.

The condos debuted in September with prices ranging from a one-bedroom asking $710,000 to four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses for $3,635,000.

Meanwhile, next door at 431 Kent, the eight-building Hasidic development now has balconies and light-colored brick installed on its facades.

Click through for more construction shots.

Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]