272 hawthorne street prospect lefferts gardens 102014

Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

 

 

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It’s been a year since we stopped by the building site next to the public swimming pool on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. In that time, the mixed-use, six-story project has progressed from a hole in the ground to topping out. When it’s finished, the 60-foot-tall building at 263 Bedford on the corner of North 1st Street will house 14 apartments and 3,510 square feet of commercial space.

There will also be underground parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and permits list the owner as John Hermanowski, who bought the site in 1986, according to public records. The rendering on the fence, first published by BuzzBuzzHome in May, shows a brick facade and glass balconies on several units. Click through the jump to see our photo of it.

Excavation Starts for Six-Story Building on Bedford in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP
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What do you think of this unusual design by ODA Architecture for a long-stalled apartment development at 510 Driggs Avenue near McCarren Park in Williamsburg? We’re not crazy about the look of the stacked and cantilevered cubes, but ODA’s functional explanation is intriguing.

Each of the 100 units in the five-story building will have a balcony or other outdoor space, and at least two exposures for good light and air, the firm told Arch Daily, which first published the rendering. Click through to the story to see a floor plan and other drawings that spell out the details.

“What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” the firm told the paper. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical apartment buildings and came up with a scheme that satisfies all of the above. The complexity of the form serves a noble function while also becoming a beautiful piece of architecture.”

Commenters on the story lauded the design for innovation but questioned whether it can actually be built as shown in the rendering. We’d like to point out that large prewar apartment buildings in New York City typically had similar or even better exposures. Maybe we should revisit those floor plans. (more…)

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One-time Robert Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy has designed glassy apartment buildings all over Williamsburg, and now she’s going a more traditional route with the look for yet another set of Brooklyn townhouses. The four four-story brick homes at 127-131 South 1st Street between Bedford and Berry will be configured with a triplex over a garden apartment. (The first floor units will have some additional space in the cellar, according to the Schedule A.)

Each townhouse will weigh in at 4,000 square feet, and have a private roof deck on the fourth floor setback, according to NY YIMBY.  New building applications for the project were filed in June and disapproved earlier this month. The developer is Investmates Real Estate, which bought the 15,000-square-foot lot for $3,750,000 in April.

We think the design is beautiful and understated, not boring. What do you think of it?

Revealed: 127-131 South 1st Street, Williamsburg Townhouses [NY YIMBY] GMAP
Rendering by ND Architecture and Design via NY YIMBY

848 fulton street clinton hill rendering 102014

Another Brooklyn gas station has been snapped up for development, this one in Clinton Hill. A developer, The Daten Group, bought 840 Fulton Street, at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue, for $7,400,000 on September 30, according to the Commercial Observer.

The firm plans to build a seven-story mixed-income rental building. The 40,000-square-foot development will have 38 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable. There will be 5,000 square feet of retail in the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in March 2015 and finish two years later. KBA Architects will design the building, which will cost approximately $20,000,000 to build, said the story. The Daten Group’s management company, Vibe Living, will manage and market the rentals, and Douglas Elliman will handle the initial leasing campaign.

The deal included 3,464 square feet of air rights from a neighboring property at 848 Fulton Street, which is a four-story building with apartments and a Thai restaurant on the ground floor. The sale has not yet hit public records. The developer hasn’t filed any demolition or new building applications yet either.

Daten Group Buys Vacant Clinton Hill Gas Station for $7.4 Million [NYO] GMAP
Rendering via NYO

505 st marks avenue crown heights 102014

The eight-story rental development at 505 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights is close to topping out, with all eight floors nearly complete. The apartment building between Franklin and Classon will have 147 units, 100,000 square feet of space and 74 underground parking spots, as previously reported. Issac and Stern Architects are designing, and the developer is Yosi Cohen of Realty Within Reach, whose development up the road at 482 Franklin Avenue is just about finished. Work began at the site in April and has been moving along well ever since.

505 St. Marks Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A now-vacant lot at 359 7th Street in Park Slope just sold for $1,860,000, or $453 per buildable square foot. The sale was brokered by Ariel Property Advisors, which said in a release that the price per buildable square foot was a record for the neighborhood. The unnamed buyer plans condos, said Ariel. The 20.5 foot wide, 100 foot deep lot can accommodate a 4,100 square foot building.

The previous owner, an LLC, bought the site in August of 2012 for $1,250,000. At the time the lot had was home to a frame house built sometime before 1899. The application to demolish the building was approved in December of that year. The transaction has not yet hit public records. Click through to see a photo of the frame house that was torn down.

Photo above by Google Maps; photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark
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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

Photo by Google Maps

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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681 franklin avenue crown heights 92014

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