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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.

Adam America Developing 130-Unit Crown Heights Building [TRD] GMAP

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The city is moving ahead with an affordable housing deal hammered out during the Bloomberg administration, and plans to sell the prime Fort Greene site on which it will be built to developer Jonathan Rose Companies for only $1, The New York Daily News revealed. The de Blasio administration is also pressuring the developer to keep the apartments at 15 Lafayette Avenue, also known as BAM North Site II, affordable beyond the promised 30 years, the paper said.

It appears the total number of apartments may have changed since we last reported on the plan, in October of 2013. There will be 123 units, all rentals, with 73 at market rate and 50 set aside as affordable housing, according to the story. Of the latter, 25 units will go to those making 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 24 units will be for renters making up to 130 percent AMI.

Plans still call for 2,800 square feet of retail space, most likely a restaurant, and 19,000 square feet of cultural space. Originally Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Science Gallery International were supposed to occupy that cultural space, but apparently the deal fell apart.

The site is located just across the street from BAM’s Peter Jay Sharpe building at 30 Lafayette. Construction is expected to begin this spring and wrap by the end of 2016.

City to Sell Prime Land for $1 to Developer for 49 Below-Market-Rate Units [NYDN] GMAP
City Releases Rendering for Last BAM District Build, Announces Developer [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Dattner Architects/Bernheimer Architecture 

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Construction of City Point’s Phase 2 appears to be chugging along, with the tallest residential tower reaching 30 stories out of a planned 43. Workers have installed facade and windows on several of the lower floors and part of the retail base.

By the time construction wraps, Phase 2 will include a five-story, 650,000-square-foot mall and 690 apartments, 125 of which will be affordable. The smaller of the two Cook Fox-designed towers will reach 19 stories and is being developed by BFC Partners. Brodsky Organization is developing the 30-story tower.

The first part of the megaproject at 1 Dekalb Avenue opened in 2012 with Century 21 and Armani Exchange as anchor tenants. The all-residential Phase 3 portion is supposed to wrap by 2020, The New York Observer said in September.

A few more photos after the jump.

City Point Coverage [Brownstoner]


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Windows have gone in on the first several floors of Avalon Willoughby West, the 57-story tower rising at 100 Willoughby Street. The monolithic apartment building will surpass 388 Bridge Street as Brooklyn’s tallest high rise and bring 861 apartments to Downtown Brooklyn. It’s also sprouted very quickly, hitting about 35 stories so far. Eventually, the SLCE-designed tower will reach 595 feet. But it won’t remain the borough’s tallest tower for long. JDS and SHoP are planning a 775-foot tower at 345 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension (across from next to Junior’s), and a 674-foot tower is in the works next to City Point at 420 Albee Square, as YIMBY noted in the fall.

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Developer Synapse Group has chosen HWKN to be the architect of the 14-story Yotel planned for 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, and the design is a major departure for the area. HWKN sent us renderings and new details about the out-of-the-ordinary building, which will be topped by condos next to the BQE.

“The sculptural qualities of the building [connect] with Williamsburg’s artistic bent,” said HWKN principal Matthias Hollwich, and the design “will position the new Yotel as one of the most iconic buildings in New York,” according to the firm’s press release.

The level of the base is designed to “negotiate” between the BQE and the rest of the neighborhood. The stories rising above feature a “cascading, shingle effect façade that gradates in tone and finish.” Then that facade gives way to the shiny, glassy condos at the top, wrapping and revealing them.

We read it as a visual metaphor for the history of neighborhood, whose many wood frame and shingle buildings have ceded to shiny glass towers in recent years.

The 110-unit hotel will have a total of 100,000 square feet, which will include 20,000 square feet of retail, a rooftop garden at the level of the BQE, a separate parking deck and six to eight condos on the top floors. The trapezoidal site is located between Withers and Lorimer streets.

CetraRuddy was also in the running, and we published their concept drawings last month. The Wall Street Journal was the first to publish the winning design but did not name the architect. The Real Deal wrote more about the design yesterday.

Click through for another rendering that shows the colorful facade and stores at street level. We think this is one of the most interesting building designs we’ve seen in years. In fact, we think it’s brilliant. What’s your opinion? – By Rebecca Baird-Remba and Cate Corcoran

This Unusual Design Will Not Be Williamsburg’s Future Yotel Hotel [Brownstoner] GMAP
Renderings by HWKN

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The Meshberg Group-designed brick apartment building rising on a prominent corner in Williamsburg is looking close to done, on the exterior at least. The design of 291 Metropolitan Avenue, reminiscent of 19th century warehouses and Soho cast iron buildings, stands out among the glassy boxes of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, the design caught some flak for its balconies and brick veneer from Curbed commenters when the site published renderings of it in February.

Now those elements and others are in place, including arched windows, french doors and balconies. The back is completely bricked up and has windows on the top three floors. The first floor is still under construction.

Ultimately, the five-story development will have 27 apartments and a tiny 95-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. There will also be 15 parking spots, bike storage and a roof deck. Since the lot is L-shaped, the building fronts Metropolitan, Roebling and North 4th Streets, giving it an alternate address of 206 North 4th Street. It also curves around a three-story apartment building on the corner, whose owner evidently didn’t want to sell.

Meshberg has posted an interior rendering on its website. The developer is All Year Management, who snagged the prime property in 2012 for $4,000,000.

Click through to see more exterior shots and the interior rendering. What do you think of how it is turning out so far?

291 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


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The long-stalled seven-story apartment building at 1059 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint now has windows, and it looks like balconies are in the works. When it’s finished, there will be 23 units spread across 19,867 square feet of space. The ground floor will host medical offices and retail, according to Schedule A filings. Plans were first filed in 2003, and we’ve been watching the empty lot since 2007. Construction finally began last summer. Asher Herkowitz is the architect.  

1059 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Here’s a first look at the rendering for a six-story rental building planned for 120 Union Avenue in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle. Aufgang Architects is designing the project, which will have 96 apartments spread across nearly 70,000 square feet, according to new building applications filed in September. Apartments will range from studios to four-bedrooms, and there will be 1,750 square feet of retail and 65 parking spots.

The exterior will be clad in “clay-coat architectural brick in a stacked bond pattern, detailed in break metal,” and the ground floor will feature “cast channel glass cladding and architectural grills, to allow natural ventilation in the first-floor garage and varying views to the interior.” Construction on the $18,500,000 development is expected to finish in January 2016, according to Aufgang.

Slate Property Group, Adam America and Naveh Shuster are the developers, and Meshberg Group will handle the interior design. In September, the three developers paid $15,500,000 for the property, which is home to a two-story car repair shop. They’re also going to build a six- or seven-story building a block away at 100 Union Avenue.

What do you think of the design?

Adam America Plans Six-Story Rental in the Broadway Triangle [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Aufgang Architects

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A surprisingly good-looking apartment building is planned for an industrial stretch of Dekalb Avenue, next door to the Marcy Library and down the street from Home Depot. The design by Issac and Stern, first published by New York YIMBY, is modern with neo-Classical details and somewhat resembles a Beaux Arts limestone apartment building as well as some Art Deco buildings.

The building at 627 Dekalb Avenue will have 28 apartments over 25,258 square feet of residential space, as well as 14 bike storage spots, 15 parking spaces and a roof deck. Six of the apartments will be duplexes, according to building applications filed last summer.

The developer is Eli Nahman, who paid $3,487,500 for the property in October 2013. Demolition applications have been filed but not approved for the existing building, a single-story garage.

We would like to see stores and more windows at ground level to make the building more pedestrian-friendly and appealing at the street level. But overall, we think the design has a nice, traditional feel to it, and could serve as a template for new construction in commercial areas with 19th century buildings. What do you think?

Revealed: 627 DeKalb Avenue, 7-Story Bed-Stuy Apartment Building [NYY] GMAP

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Demolition has started at the old Huxley Envelope factory on West and India Streets in Greenpoint, where long-stalled plans for a 39-story tower are finally moving forward. The megaproject will bring more than 600 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail to the block-long site at 145-155 West Street. Last year, developer Richard Mack of Mack Real Estate Group told WSJ the development will be aimed at “millennials” looking for “affordable luxury.” In addition, 20 percent of the apartments will be affordable.

Ismael Levya Architects first filed plans for the building in 2009, after the developers secured special permits from the City Planning Commission. In exchange for the right to build so big, the developers promised to create a 22,000-square-foot waterfront park and playground.

Palin Enterprises paid $84,570,000 for the 100,000-square-foot factory in 2006. Then it sold again last August to Palin’s development partner, Mack Real Estate Group, for $120,000,000, according to public records.

Click through the jump for a few more demo photos.

Update: Reps for the developers told us that the interior design for the project will differ from previously published renderings, and that Ismael Levya will still be the architect of record.


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This sizable garage at 280 St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights will meet the wrecking ball to make way for a five-story, 32-unit apartment building. Designed by DXA Studio, the 50,000-square-foot development will have 64 underground parking spots, a gym and 54 bike storage spaces, per new building applications filed last week.

Demolition applications were filed to knock down the garage in early December. The single-story building dates back to the ’20s and measures roughly 20,000 square feet. The developers are Wildedge Group and Fifth Square Partners, who closed on the property for an undisclosed amount in November, according to Wildedge’s website. GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

Update: The developer, Wildedge, tells us this building will be condos.

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Now we know what the 19-story mixed-use tower planned for the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene will look like, courtesy of 6sqft. Goldstein Hill & West Architects are designing the relatively restrained-looking 160,000-square-foot building at 1 Flatbush Avenue.

The new high-rise will have 157 apartments spread across 123,000 square feet of residential space, in addition to 20,000 square feet of retail, according to permits filed in October. Twenty percent of the units, or about 31 rentals, will be set aside for affordable housing. The plaza in front of the building, known as Fox Square, will also get a facelift with new tables, chairs, water fountains and furniture.

Capstone Equities and Carlyle Group entered contract on the triangular lot in June for around $35,000,000, as the Post reported at the time. The site is currently home to a two-story commercial building, which houses several businesses including Cumbe African dance school, a bagel shop and Subway.

We think the design is good for such a high-profile corner close to Downtown. Click through for more renderings and an aerial rendering apparently meant to show how little 1 Flatbush will be compared to the giant towers sprouting around it.

Mixed-Use Development 1 Flatbush Avenue to Rise From Prominent Brooklyn Corner [6sqft] GMAP
Renderings by Goldstein Hill & West Architects via 6sqft; aerial rendering via City Realty