The City Planning Commission voted unanimously in support of outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to revamp the former Childs Restaurant in Coney Island and turn it into an amphitheater and upscale eatery, Brooklyn Paper reported.
However, local residents are less than thrilled about the plan, which will require $53,000,000 in city funds to transform the landmarked but dilapidated 89-year-old building. Neighborhood activists told the newspaper that the money would be better spent repairing Coney’s hurricane-shattered infrastructure, which still suffers from occasional heat and power outages, in addition to sewers that flood when it rains.
And others worried about the traffic and noise from the planned venue, which Markowitz hopes will host 40 concerts a year. The community board voted down Markowitz’s plan two months ago, and Landmarks approved it over the summer.
We took a tour around Forest City Ratner’s fascinating modular apartment factory at the Navy Yard yesterday, where reps from FCRC said they’ll begin shipping out the fully constructed units next week. They’ll stack the units to create the first Atlantic Yards residential tower, the 32-story building under construction next to the Barclays Center that is known as B2. When work finishes next year, the 363-unit tower will be the tallest modular building in the world.
Currently, Forest City expects construction to wrap by December 2014 — a faster pace than normal construction, which would take at least another 18 to 20 months. They also estimate that building modular units will be 10 percent cheaper than typical residential construction, but they hope it will become even less expensive and more efficient as they build more developments in the Atlantic Yards project. The tower will be a 50-50 mix of market rate and affordable housing, of which 20 percent will be low-income housing.
Architects SHoP and Forest City Ratner collaborated on the design and building process for the apartments. Each nut and bolt piece of the apartment is installed before it leaves the Navy Yard facility, including the electrical wiring and plumbing, hardwood floors, appliances, and even the towel bars. The hallways and stairwells are being built at the modular factory as well. Rooms in the apartment are often assembled as separate modules, e.g. bathrooms, bedrooms, and living room/kitchen could all be separate pieces. The variety of shapes allows for 25 different layouts.
After the unit is stacked in the building, contractors and electricians will connect each apartment’s utilities to the building’s common lines. The exterior sides of the apartments have the facade already attached (see pictures after the jump), and the facade will be “self-sealing” because the pieces fit together with seals between each unit.
We found this rendering on the fence at 1444 Bedford Avenue between Park Place and Prospect Place in Crown Heights, where a four-story building is going up on a vacant lot. The apartment house will have eight units and 7,312 square feet of space, according to new building permits issued in January. The architect is Joseph Mucciolo P.C. The 2,700-square-foot lot changed hands between two LLCs last December for $1,070,000, according to PropertyShark. When we stopped by yesterday, it looked like the site was being excavated. We’ve included a picture after the jump.
The unusual design makes us think of a modern version of Queen Anne with its red and white coloring. The flat white sections remind us of 19th century metal bay windows and turrets. What do you think of the design?
It looks like this funeral home at the corner of Fulton and Downing Streets in Clinton Hill will be demolished soon for a six-story, 28-unit building designed by the ubiquitous Karl Fischer. Demolition applications were filed last week to knock down the three-story funeral home at 1045 and 1047 Fulton, but they haven’t been approved yet. The apartment building will have 21,048 square feet of residential space with bike storage and private terraces, according to a new plan exam application. Original plans for the site called for an eight story building with 32 units, but it appears the architect has refiled after the first building application was disapproved.
A new 11-story residential development is planned for 4th Avenue between Douglass and Degraw Streets in Park Slope, according to a plan exam application first spotted by BuzzBuzzHome. The 18-unit building at 153 4th Avenue will have 15,414 square feet of residential space and 1,953 of community space. It will also have private storage, bike storage and a roof deck. The developer, Degraw Street Realty Corp., bought the land for $1,030,000 in 2008. S3 Architecture will design the building. The property currently houses a three-story building with a doctor’s office on the ground floor and three apartments above. GMAP
A plan exam application was filed last week to build a five-story apartment building at 209 Kent Street near McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint. The new building will have nine units and 6,394 residential square feet. Currently a three-story, two-unit apartment building occupies the lot. The property owners, a couple, bought the house for $990,000 in June and haven’t filed any demolition permits yet. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran. GMAP
New building applications were filed last week to replace a two-story factory at 498 Leonard Street in Greenpoint with three four-story apartment buildings. Each building in the development will have eight units, a penthouse and 6,598 square feet of residential space. Our back of the envelope calculations indicate these will be fairly small apartments (700 to 800 square feet), so we’re guessing these will probably be rentals but we don’t know for sure.
The developer has filed demolition applications to knock down the 1920s-era factory, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet. The architect of record is Chi F. Lau. Developer East Star Realty LLC bought the 7,400 square foot property in July for $1,800,000, according to PropertyShark. Since 64 Bayard launched earlier this month with 750-square-foot one-bedrooms renting for $3,400 on the south side of McCarren Park, it will be interesting to see what these units just northeast of the park will get. GMAP
A series of low-rise mixed-use brick buildings at the corner of Tompkins and Lexington avenues in Bed Stuy will soon be replaced by a seven-story apartment building and a four-story residential conversion from five existing buildings, according to plan exams filed last week. The seven-story build at 420 Lexington will have 25,676 square feet of residential space, outdoor parking for 23 cars and basement storage for 18 bicycles. And some of the apartments will have roof terraces.
Meanwhile, plans for 410 Lexington say that five two-story mixed-use buildings will be converted to a four-story residential building with 45 apartments. The new building will have 19,253 residential square feet, and as in the other building, several units will have open private roof terraces. No demolition permits have been filed yet.
Architect Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture and Design is designing the complex, and the developer is Iconic Group. The 15,000 square foot corner lot currently houses seven two-story mixed-use buildings and has a primary address at 281-291 Tompkins Avenue. Iconic snapped up the properties last January for $3,300,000, according to PropertyShark. Should be quite a change in density for this area. What do you think of the plan? GMAP
A tipster sent us these photos and informed us that work had recently begun on a six-story hotel at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues in Sunset Park. The space-age-style building will have 70 units spread across 19,928 square feet of commercial space, an exercise room, breakfast area and eight outdoor parking spaces, according to new building permits issued earlier this month.
Michael Kang Architect is designing the building. An LLC bought the property for $565,000 last year and demolished a two-story brick house and a one-story garage.
We’ve included a photo of the building site after the jump. What do you think of the design of the hotel and the parking lot?
John Catsimatidis’ development company Red Apple Group is planning a 15-story rental tower for 180 Myrtle in downtown Brooklyn, according to a plan exam application spotted by Buzz Buzz Home. Dattner Architects will design the building, which will have 213 units and 129 parking spaces. The 156-foot-tall development will have 171,890 square feet of residential space, 10,988 square feet of commercial space and 500 square feet of community space. There will also be a lounge, playroom, roof terrace and exercise room. The supermarket mogul has owned the lot between Fleet and Ashland Place since the early ’80s, along with the two properties on either side of it, 81 Fleet Place and 218 Myrtle Avenue (another large rental building called The Andrea). And Catsimatidis has been planning a large development there since at least 2007, when we reported on plans for a 400-foot-tall building with a million square feet of space.
We found this rendering for a planned residential conversion tacked to the fence at 200 Nassau Street between Gold and Duffield in downtown Brooklyn, where a former Catholic church and community center will become an 84-unit apartment building. Interior demolition has already begun on the existing two-story structure, which used to be home to the Church of the Open Door and the Dr. White Community Center. The four-story conversion will have 84 units and 56,987 square feet of residential space, according to a plan exam application that was disapproved last week. There will also be an outdoor parking lot for 31 cars and storage for 42 bikes. Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture and Design P.C. will design the building. The firm filed applications for alteration type 1 permits beginning in April, and the DOB disapproved them November 18. The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn still appears to own the property, but building applications list Bridge Building LLC as the developer. GMAP
We’ve included a picture of the building site after the jump.
Developer Est4te Four has revealed some new renderings for their warehouse conversion at 160 Imlay Street in Red Hook with a new teaser site, which was first spotted by BuzzBuzz Home. Sales for the 70-unit mixed-use building will begin January 1, according to the building site.
Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months, as we’ve previously reported. The former New York Dock building, whose makeover is being designed by Adjmi and Andreoli, will have art studios and units starting at $500,000. The developers plan to market their “affordable” apartments to artists and other creative type. It will also have parking, storage, a gym and commercial space on the ground floor. The same developer is planning another warehouse conversion nearby at 202 Coffey Street, which will have artists studios and gallery space.
What do you think of the adaptation? More renderings after the jump!