651 New York Avenue3

Rebar is rising on the site of this 40-unit development at 651 New York Avenue in East Flatbush by developer Eli Karp of Hello Living. After years of developing luxury condos in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, this project, which the developer is calling Hello New York, is one of five on the other side of Eastern Parkway in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush.

Each unit will have a private elevator opening directly into the apartment and a large terrace. The building will have a gym and there will be 20 parking spaces for the 40 units. Click through for a rendering from the construction fence and a shot of the site.

Hello Living Ventures out to New York Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP
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Hundreds of Brooklyn religious leaders attended a recent meeting sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams about how faith-based organizations can earn money and develop their properties by selling air and land rights to developers, according to a story in DNAinfo. It’s an idea that resonated with many of the borough’s religious leaders as they face declining congregations, fundraising challenges and budgetary pressures while working to expand social services to meet the needs of those left behind in the recession.

“You are land-rich but cash-poor. The largest amount of housing potential in Brooklyn lies with you,” Pastor Gilford Monrose, director of the Borough President’s faith-based initiatives, told attendees.

Since many churches own historic buildings and have parking lots and other properties, developers are often interested in the properties. Deacon Dennis Mathis of Glover Memorial Baptist Church at 2134 Dean Street in Crown Heights (pictured above) said he wants to develop affordable housing on a church-owned parking lot and use the proceeds to expand its social services. “Any profit made from the deal will go toward expanding our soup kitchen and food pantry and might allow us to add after-school programs for youth,” he told DNAinfo. Developers have offered between $200,000 and $300,000 for the lot, he said.

A reverend at another Crown Heights church, Brooklyn Christian Center Church at 1061 Atlantic Avenue, said the church has a development plan in the works and came to the conference to learn how how to keep control of the property. Also discussed at the conference was how churches can work with city agencies to develop affordable housing.

Throughout the borough, churches have been demolished for new buildings and in some cases converted to condos. At least a dozen such projects are in the works now.

Adams has previously said he believes developing church property can help increase affordable housing in the borough. Do you agree?

Dozens of Brooklyn Churches Looking to Sell Their Land [DNA]
Church Conversion Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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One of Brooklyn’s most prolific developers, Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital, has just filed new building applications for an eight-story residential project on the Clinton Hill side of Atlantic Avenue, at No. 929. The building will have 20 apartments spread across 17,077 square feet, as well as bike storage and a roof deck. Feingold and Gregory Architects are the architects of record.

The building is likely to be condos, since that is what Brookland Capital typically develops. This stretch of Atlantic has been floated as a possible candidate for rezoning as part of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan.

An auto glass repair shop currently occupies the lot near Grand Avenue, and demolition applications have already been filed to knock it down. Gilad bought the repair shop’s three adjacent plots at 929-931 Atlantic for $3,000,000 in July, according to public recordsGMAP

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99 south 5th street rendering

The latest new construction project in booming South Williamsburg is 95 South 5th Street, a new six-story building which will rise on top of a red, turn-of-the-century warehouse. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering of the 23-unit building planned for the corner of South 5th and Berry Street. When it’s finished, the 18,000-square-foot development will fill the vacant lot next door to the three-story warehouse.

It will also have a 675-square-foot eating and drinking establishment on the ground floor and nine parking spots, according to alteration permits issued in August. Standard Architects is designing the project, which was filed with the DOB as a conversion and enlargement of the existing building, not a new one. The developer is Horrigan Development.

They’ll need some good soundproofing because the development sits right across from the elevated tracks and the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. The building design is better than some of the other old-new combinations we have seen recently. What do you think?

Revealed: 95 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP

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We’ve always wondered what would happen to the decaying, rat-infested brick low-rise at 681 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, and recently we noticed that the interior of the three-story building had been completely demolished. The brick facade is still standing, held up by scaffolding, but workers on site told us the rest of the building would come down too. It turns out the HPD ordered an emergency demolition of the long-abandoned structure in June.

But the forgotten property will have a new beginning. A construction supervisor showed us plans for a new three-story building, which he said will most likely be rentals. New building applications have not yet been filed.

The property sold to an LLC for $1,400,000 on September 15. As to why the building was neglected for so long, public records show a vacate order in 1985 and a transfer to a Florida-based estate in 2011 (when the absentee owner died, presumably). Boxes with x’s spray painted on the building show it was unsafe to enter. GMAP

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The T-Mobile store on the southwest corner of Nostrand and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights will be demolished to make way for a seven-story apartment building, according to new building applications spotted by New York YIMBY. Developed by Helm Equities, 834 Nostrand Avenue will have 29 units, an automated parking garage with 18 spots, 5,582 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, about the same amount of community space, and a roof deck.

Shlomo Wygoda’s SWA Architects is designing the building, which will be 33,505 square feet when it’s finished. 

This busy corner on one of Crown Heights’ major thoroughfares is four blocks from 341 Eastern Parkway, which opened this summer with rents starting at $2,200. Although new, the building resembles an early 20th century commercial loft building. We hope SWA will design something equally contextual rather than the typical glass box.

Permits Filed: 834 Nostrand Avenue, on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights [NYY] GMAP

610 warren street park slope

Developer Adam America has just filed new building applications for its fourth project on the Gowanus/Park Slope border, a seven-story development at 610 Warren Street. As is the case with most of Adam America’s projects, the architects are Issac and Stern. The 70-foot-tall building will house 31 units among 35,756 square feet of residential space, along with 16 ground-floor parking spots and 16 bike storage spaces. 

A one-story parking garage with a car rental business currently occupies the 10,000-square-foot lot between 3rd and 4th avenues. It’s worth noting that Adam America doesn’t own the lot, which hasn’t changed hands since 1993. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the garage. The developer is also working on buildings nearby at 275 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue and 595 Baltic Street, and six more throughout Brooklyn. GMAP

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32 maspeth avenue east williamsburg

No unlandmarked wood frame house in Brooklyn is safe! Demolition permits have been filed to take down this two-story wood frame at 32 Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg; the owner hopes to replace it with a six-story apartment building.

Whenever we see a wide frame house in this area, one of the original Dutch settlements of Brooklyn, we wonder about its age, although this one doesn’t look much older the 19th century, at least from the outside. The settlement was deeded in 1638 and named Boswijck in 1661.

The new building will have nine units spread across 6,200 square feet of space, along with a roof deck, according to a new building application that was disapproved in July. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran, and permits list the owner as Andrzej Potrapeluk. The two-family house sold for $1,275,000 last October, after about two months on the market.  GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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The brick facade is up and most of the windows are in at 81 Fleet Place, the 15-story development that supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis is building in Downtown Brooklyn. Construction on the 205-unit rental building is supposed to wrap in the first quarter of next year, and leasing is scheduled to begin then as well, as the Brooklyn Eagle noted in a story earlier this month.

Next door at 180 Myrtle, where Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group is developing its third and final rental building on Myrtle between Fleet and Ashland places, construction is just starting. When we stopped by, the lot was being cleaned and excavated. A 15-story tower with 213 units and 129 parking spaces will rise on the plot.

These two buildings join the Andrea at 218 Myrtle, Red Apple’s first rental development on the block. It was finished in 2010. Dattner Architects designed all three, and you can click through to see their master plan for the block and a look behind the fence at 180 Myrtle.

Fleet Place Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP
Rendering below by Dattner Architects

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60 water street rendering exterior

As the glassy development 60 Water Street inches closer to the finish line, a teaser site is now live and Two Trees’ PR people sent along a fresh rendering. Leasing for the market-rate units will start “in the coming weeks,” they told us. Pricing has not yet been announced. The building will house 232 market-rate studios, one- and two-bedrooms and 58 affordable units.

60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

420 albee square downtown brooklyn

The latest tower-tastic addition to Downtown Brooklyn’s skyline is a 65-story high rise headed for 420 Albee Square, across the street from the City Point megaproject. Developed by JEMB Realty, the 679-foot-tall development will have 620 units, per new building applications first spotted by New York YIMBY.

YIMBY notes that the building will be one of the tallest in the borough, surpassed only by the 800-foot-tall tower in the works at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension. SLCE Architects is designing the tower, which will have 480,345 square feet of residential space and 271,203 square feet of retail on the first two floors. JEMBY Realty paid $38,500,000 for the site, currently a parking lot, in March, according to public records

Permits Filed: 65-Story Tower Coming to 420 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn [NY YIMBY] GMAP
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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