04/18/14 9:30am

Construction continues on the corner of Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill, where Brennan Realty is building three Landmarks-approved neo-traditional townhouses. The first of the townhouses, 2A Strong Place, is a 3,720-square-foot five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home that’s entered contract after an asking price of $4,475,000. This house first hit the market last spring at $4,150,000, and the other two will be listed for sale in the fall, a spokewoman for Brennan Realty told us.

Designed by CWB Architects, the homes in the Cobble Hill Historic District are meant to resemble classic brick Brooklyn townhouses. Pictured above are the three townhouses at the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place. All three will have yards and there will be a carriage house in back on Kane Street with a studio and garage. Click through to the jump to see that part of the construction site.

Second Strong Place Townhouse Debuts [Brownstoner]


04/17/14 10:00am

After noticing some trendy restaurants and a rise in development sales in Bay Ridge, DNAinfo wonders if it could be the next hip neighborhood with a real estate boom. Bay Ridge had 20 percent of the new development sales in the first quarter of 2014,  the most of any neighborhood, according to MNS’ latest report. However, MNS CEO Andrew Barrocas pointed out that the hood’s 14 transactions mainly illustrate the lack of inventory in other neighborhoods.

The median price per square foot rose 7.4 percent over the past year, from $517 to $558, and the median home price increased 14.5 percent, from $560,037 to to $655,498. One realtor told DNAinfo that new condo buyers in developments like 185 Battery Avenue, pictured above, were transplants from Brooklyn Heights or Williamsburg looking for more affordable options.

While the neighborhood isn’t going to have $2,000,000 condos anytime soon, it has seen a slew of new upscale restaurants and coffee shops, like Italian grocery A.L Coluccio, farm-to-table restaurant Brooklyn Beet Company, a craft beer bar and sausage joint called Lock Yard, and the Coffee Lab.

Is Bay Ridge Poised to Become the New Williamsburg? [DNAinfo]
Photo of 185 Battery Avenue via Dorsa Property Group

04/16/14 10:45am

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This one-story garage at 564 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon in Crown Heights will be demolished soon and replaced by a Karl Fischer-designed eight-story apartment building. A demolition application was filed on Monday, but the DOB didn’t approve it because the filing lacked a plan exam. Developer Rabsky Group is behind the development, which will have 172 units spread across 136,373 square feet, as we reported in December. GMAP

Eight-Story Karl Fischer Building Planned for Western Crown Heights [Brownstoner]

04/16/14 10:00am

A mixed-use development is in the works for part of a very large empty site on Myrtle Avenue across from the Marcy Houses in Bed Stuy, New York NIMBY reported.

Architect Charles Mallea filed a new building application Monday for an eight-story, 46-unit building at 802-806 Myrtle Avenue. The street frontage will cover three of 15 contiguous empty lots, all 25 feet wide, on the block.

The 31,125-square-foot building will include 23 bike storage spots, a shared roof deck and 76 square feet of commercial space in the basement. The building will be 94 feet high, so “ceiling heights will be surprisingly generous compared to typical new developments in the neighborhood,” said YIMBY.

South Williamsburg-based developer Bright Villas LLC bought the 7,500-square-foot piece of land in a series of transfers in 2012 totaling $1,750,000; the properties were originally owned by a church called Mt. Zion Church of Christ Disciples, according to public records. DOB permits indicate the ramshackle three-story church was demolished in 2010. HPD owns the 12 empty lots next door.

“Positive changes are gradually occurring across the entire neighborhood, and developments like 802 Myrtle will go a long ways towards bettering the area’s reputation, which has typically revolved around the negative press surrounding its public housing,” said YIMBY. What do you think?

Permits Filed: 802 Myrtle Avenue [YIMBY] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

A La Quinta Inn is coming to 1229 Atlantic Avenue near Nostrand, where excavation and foundation work recently began at the large, now vacant lot on the Crown Heights/Bed Stuy border. We found this schematic on the fence after leaving the post office next door. The hotel will rise seven stories with 102 rooms, according to new building permits approved in February.

The 34,902-square-foot building will also feature four off-street parking spaces, a recreation room, lounge, meeting and conference rooms. Hotel plans have been in the works since May 2012, when an LLC snagged the 8,440-square-foot property for $1,600,000 and filed initial new building applications. Askon Architects P.C. is designing the building. The La Quinta will join a few other hotels nearby on Atlantic, including a Best Western on the other side of Nostrand, the Hotel Luxe and the Atlantic Motor Inn.

See what’s behind the fence after the jump. GMAP


04/14/14 10:45am

All the windows are in and the balconies are being installed at 500 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, where this seven-story luxury rental is inching closer to completion. The 77-unit development started construction last summer and will weigh in at 53,086 square feet when it’s finished.

Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture is the architect of record, and the building closely resembles her contrasting light and dark gray rendering. Amenities will include 39 subterranean parking spaces, ground floor recreational space, storage, private roof terraces and a 1050-square-foot common roof deck.

Construction signage says the Silverstone Property development will finish in February 2015, but we think it could be sooner than that.

Check out a side view after the jump.

Size of Luxury Rental Build in Crown Heights Doubles, Rendering Shows Boxy Build [Brownstoner]


04/14/14 10:00am

It’s been quiet recently at the partially demolished Fox Savoy Theater in Crown Heights, where the DOB  issued a full stop work order in late February. The BEST squad (Building Enforcement Safety Team) cited the project at 1515 Bedford Avenue for failing to brace part of the building. The stop work order was partially rescinded so that workers could install the bracing, but a partial stop work order is still in effect.

Once workers finish knocking down the grand old movie theater, a 10-story, 114-unit apartment building will rise in its place. The 90,806-square-foot development will include ground floor community space for a synagogue, bike storage, 30 underground parking spots, laundry and a roof deck, according to a building application that was disapproved in January.

The architect is Issac & Stern, who posted this rendering on their website. And the developer is Realty Within Reach, which manages several other Crown Heights buildings and is developing affordable housing nearby in Bed Stuy.

Click through the jump to see some more exterior renderings.

Huge Apartment Building to Replace Fox Savoy Theater in Crown Heights [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Issac and Stern


04/11/14 9:30am

There’s a four-story residential development coming to replace this car repair shop at the corner of Pacific Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill. New building permits show the apartment building at 237 Pacific will have three floor-through units spread across 3,897 square feet of residential space, plus ground floor commercial space for 5,511 square feet total.

Architect Teresa Byrne Salter will design the building. The property hasn’t changed hands since 1974, and the owner is a private individual, not a developer. Demolition permits have not yet been filed for the one-story shop. GMAP

04/10/14 9:30am

A group of local pols is urging Mayor de Blasio find an alternative way to finance Brooklyn Bridge Park — one that doesn’t include building two more high rise towers at Pier 6. They wrote a letter to the mayor on April 7, expressing their opposition to the “breakneck speed” of housing construction at Pier 6 and asked the new administration to “work collaboratively on alternative park financing, rather than moving forward with the Bloomberg plan,” The New York Times reported. State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblywoman Joan Millman, U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez, and City Council members Steve Levin and Brad Lander all signed the letter.

The waterfront park requires an estimated $16,000,000 in maintenance every year, said the Times, because the piers are “adversely affected by marine organisms, as well as winds and tides.” Squadron and Millman struck a deal with Bloomberg in 2011 to limit the height of the planned development at Pier 6. It hinged on the city rezoning all of the nearby Watchtower properties from manufacturing to residential by January 1 of this year, after they had sold to new owners. But since the city failed to rezone the properties by the deadline, the deal no longer applies.

The Times didn’t specify the name or address of the projects, but it sounds like the two development sites next to One Brooklyn Bridge Park, pictured on the map above.

Are you in favor or against building high-rise housing in the park to finance upkeep?

De Blasio Is Urged to Alter Housing Plans at Brooklyn Park [NYT]
Map via Brooklyn Bridge Park

Construction of this eight-story affordable apartment building is chugging along at 482 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy. We found this rendering designed by Aufgang Subotovsky Architecture on the fence at the site between Jefferson Avenue and Hancock Street. (Fortunately, it doesn’t look like this.)

We checked on the site last summer when construction first started, and now seven stories have risen and windows are going in on the lower floors. The building will house 100 units spread over 68,486 square feet, along with 33 enclosed parking spaces and 47 bike storage spots, according to new building permits.

Amenities will include a gym on the ground floor and recreation space in the cellar. The mixed-income development is a joint venture between Realty Within Reach and Joy Construction Corp., according to this press release from the city’s Housing Development Corporation. The apartments will be studios, one- and two-bedrooms.

Since the press release calls for 93 units, not 100, the income distribution might shift slightly from these numbers: “Three units will be targeted to tenants earning up to 40 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), currently $33,200 for a family of four; 16 units will be reserved for tenants earning up to 50 percent AMI ($41,500 for a family of four); and 73 units will be targeted for middle-income tenants with rents set at 130 percent AMI (currently, $107,900 for a family of four) and incomes up to 175 percent AMI ($145,250 for a family of four).”

Click through to see a construction photo.

Affordable Housing Going up at 482 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

04/07/14 9:30am

We discovered this rendering on the fence at 377 Flushing Avenue between Kent and Franklin in south Williamsburg, where developer Rabsky Group is planning a seven-story mixed-use building. The ubiquitous Karl Fischer is the architect of record for the 99-unit development, which will also include ground-floor commercial space, according to new building permits issued last August.

We last reported that the building would be 177 units, but permits have been updated with the lower number of apartments and slightly less commercial space. And now there are fewer underground parking spaces — 50 instead of 106. The 159,092-square-foot building will also have 50 bike parking spaces, roof terraces and recreation spaces. When the City Council agreed to rezone the land, the developer promised to make the development affordable housing and build a five-story addition for the yeshiva school next door, as previously reported.

Behind the fence, excavation has just begun. Click through to see a photo of the construction. GMAP

Karl Fischer-Designed 177-Unit Building Going up in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]

04/03/14 10:00am

This rendering on the fence at 954 Bergen Street in Crown Heights shows the future of yet another Boaz Gilad development that recently started construction. Brookland Capital’s go-to architects, Issac and Stern, filed plans last year for a six-story, 38-unit building with 19 enclosed parking spaces on the first floor.

The DOB approved new building permits in late January, and two stories of the frame have risen so far between Bedford and Franklin Avenues. Construction photo after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Demo at 954 Bergen Street, Six-Story Apartment Building Coming [Brownstoner] GMAP