Curbed nabbed the above rendering for 421 Kent Avenue, at the end of South 8th Street. A Chinese development company purchased the full-block lot in October for $3,600,000. Despite expired permits for a Karl Fischer design here, the architect firm WASA/Studio A has taken over and released new plans. The design calls for a seven-story building with one- to four-bedroom units. It’ll include a rooftop garden and “individual pools.” These plans differ from the initial news that the development firm would build 12 separate buildings to be marketed as condos.
Buyer of Stalled Burg Site Revealed: Chinese Firm [Brownstoner]
Forever-Stalled Burg Development Sells [Brownstoner] GMAP
Development Watch: 36-54 South 8th Street [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: Hager Wasting No Time at 421 Kent [Brownstoner]
Hager Re-Ups in Williamsburg Big-Time [Brownstoner]
Check out the progress on the third and final tower at the Northside Piers site. Douglaston Development, in partnership with RD Management and L&M Development Partners, are building the 40-story, 510-unit rental building. Toll Brothers, the developers of One and Two Northside Piers, are not behind this one. All this construction action comes almost two years after Douglaston announced the project. (At the time, a Toll Brothers exec said the “Williamsburg market is strong, but for most of us developers, it’s not a place where we were making a lot of money.”) According to Douglaston’s website, the new tower will be called “1 North 4th Place.”
Third Northside Piers Tower Going Up [Brownstoner]
Yesterday the City Council approved Two Trees’ proposal to build a 32-story building, alongside a 10,000-square-foot public plaza, at the BAM South Site. Council Member Tish James’s did not win last-minute requests for more affordable housing and higher wages, but she did reach a tentative agreement with the City not to turn the Pacific Street library branch into a private apartment building, a huge point of contention with the community. (Although, as Crain’s pointed out, “a representative for the library said that there were still no guarantees the Pacific Street branch would not be developed, though library officials would engage the city on ways a property sale could be avoided.”) The City Council ultimately approved a plan that reserves 50,000 square feet of cultural space for specific use, not for shops, apartments, or other private developments. And the community will have a say in the programming for the outdoors public plaza. The 300-unit building will include 60 affordable apartments. Two Trees needed City Council approval for a zoning change so it can build 10 more stories on the residential tower and add the community facility space.
Brooklyn BAM Project Wins Approval [Crain's]
Brooklyn is already a center for tech firms, but now a coalition of business groups and landlords is taking it a step further with a master plan for a “tech triangle.” The group is called the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, and it’s a partnership of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Dumbo Business Improvement District, Crain’s reported. The sweeping and ambitious plan will repurpose old buildings and rework the streetscap and public areas from Dumbo to the Navy Yard to appeal to tech firms. The group is proposing several zoning changes, including one that would allow residential use of old industrial buildings if there is also a set-aside for commercial space as well. This idea, which would obviously have a huge impact on Brooklyn development, has been floated for four blocks of empty warehouses that run along the BQE outside the Navy Yard. “With more than a million square feet of space along just four blocks, an acreage equal to about 60 percent of that total available in Dumbo, the partnership thinks this could be the perfect spot to add tech space,” said Crain’s. The plan also proposes dotting the area with more green space and adding ped and bike paths, a topiary arbor, a curved footbridge to Borough Hall and, remarkably, “a seasonal pop-up structure fantasy land of mini-golf, performance stages, lounges and wading pools” under the Manhattan Bridge, The New York Post reported. Meanwhile, according to The New York Daily News, the City is launching a 10,000-square-foot incubator Downtown at 15 MetroTech. It’s a partnership between New York City Economic Development Corp. and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center. It will house 20 startups, with $750,000 in funding from NYCEDC. What do you think of this?
Rendering via NY Post
The days are numbered for the four-story warehouse on the corner of South 5th Street and Marcy Avenue, a commercial bakery that was in operation for 65 years. The DOB issued a demolition permit earlier this month, and developers submitted a building application for a new 13-story build. Actually, renderings surfaced for the proposed 82-unit rental development last week. The design calls for a two-story plinth holding commercial space, and 11 stories of residential on top. Here’s the lengthy listing for the old warehouse, which was asking $3.25 million. It sold in 2010 for $3,025,000.
Renderings Surface for Williamsburg Rental Build [Brownstoner]
The new commercial building at 951 Dean Street, right on the corner of Classon Avenue in Crown Heights, is looking close to done. The space boasts nice, big windows — we wonder what kind of tenant the building owners are trying to bring in. The builders actually constructed the corner building as an addition to the old brick stable on Dean Street. Construction started up last summer.
An Addition to 951 Dean Street in Crown Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP
Muss Development, the folks behind the commercial conversion at 345 Adams Street, has teamed up with Foxwoods Resort Casino to build a casino and hotel in Liberty, N.Y. The Commercial Observer covered the news this week, and reports that the project will cost up to $600 million and span over 500 acres. This Wednesday Governor Cuomo introduced legislation to authorize three resort casinos in Upstate New York; members of the state legislature proposed more than one casino development for the Catskills in particular. Cuomo’s proposal is up for a vote this November. As Foxwoods President and CEO Scott Butera said in a press release regarding this project, “For the Catskills to realize all the economic benefits of a true gaming destination, more than one resort casino should be allowed to operate there. We will continue to work with the Governor’s office and members of the Legislature to make it happen.” Once Muss and Foxwoods have state and local approvals in place, the site could be ready for construction in a matter of months.
Muss Development Rolls Dice on Foxwoods Resort Casino [Commercial Observer]
Photo via Muss Development
Andrew Kimball, who has spearheaded the transformation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard as president and ceo of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., is leaving to pursue similar developments in the private sector. He is joining Jamestown Properties, the owner and developer of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, GlobeSt reported. As Director of Innovation Economy Inititiatives, he will look for creative ways to repurpose old industrial buildings nationally. “Jamestown Properties presents a tremendous opportunity to transform the national conversation on the reuse and repositioning of industrial assets. As manufacturing shifts to light, sustainable tech-based uses, Jamestown is the perfect place to make a large-scale impact,” he said in a press release. No word yet on a possible replacement for the Bloomberg appointee.
Photo by Kristin Brenneman Eno
The Department of Buildings just issued demolition permits for the structure at 291 Metropolitan Avenue on the corner of Roebling Street in Williamburg. The property, currently home to a one-story garage, actually includes frontage on Metropolitan, Roebling, and North 4th Street. According to PropertyShark, the lot is 6,825 square feet. In January the DOB disapproved a building application for a “five story and cellar brick building” that would have had 27 units in total.
Photo via PropertyShark
Kudos to Harden Van Arnam Architects for their design of affordable housing at 291 Bainbridge Street in Bed Stuy. The size and scale of the building fits in well with its neighbors. We love the green cornice with raised dots, the windows, and the brick details. Bainbridge Manor will be four stories high with 23 units consisting of studios and two-bedrooms. Half the apartments will be for low income families, and half for homeless families “coming directly from the domestic violence shelter system,” said developer New Destiny Housing. On-site services and facilities will include counseling and a children’s indoor playroom. This is just outside the historic district near the Utica stop. When we stopped by, it looked like builder Bruno Frustaci Contracting had reached the fourth floor. Construction started in August. Click through to the jump to see it in progress. (more…)
Affordable housing will replace a community garden at 346 Bergen Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, in Boerum Hill. It’s not a surprise, though, to the organizers of the community garden, which has always been temporary. The building plans call for 24 rental units and six stories, with studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms. The design will blend in with neighboring buildings. Rents will run between $1,850 to $2,200 a month and tenants will be selected through the city’s affordable housing lottery. According to the most recent minutes of the Community Board Two Land Use Committee, this project has been in the works for awhile but only recently acquired financing from the HPD. (The DOB first approved the developer’s building application back in 2005.) The garden, Feedback Farms, has tentative plans to move elsewhere once construction begins. Here’s what they said in February:
Our tenancy at 346 Bergen has, from the beginning of this project, been temporary. The lot we use, as well as the one on the west side of the space, is owned by the city and has Greenthumb Community Garden status. But the middle lot is privately owned, and the owner has always planned to build on all three lots. He has generously allowed us to use it until he secures the permits and financing he needs to build. We’ve heard from him that the earliest he’ll begin building is August or September of this year, and we have decided to go ahead with our growing season full-steam, with the understanding that even if we have to leave in the late summer, our work will have been well worth the effort for even a truncated season’s worth of fun and fresh produce. Hurray! He’ll give us 30 days notice if he needs us to vacate, and we will decide then what the best way forward will be should that happen.
Apparently the developers already have the permits in place to begin construction, but we hope they hold off until the fall. New building permits haven’t come through yet with the Department of Buildings. GMAP
The big BAM South development planned for Fort Greene might not get built after all, now that Council Member Letitia James is calling for changes to the plan. She wants an increase in the number of affordable units and union-level wages for construction workers, Crain’s reported. After an unusually brief public review period, the issue is coming up for a vote by the City Council today. Previously James backed the project; critics said her flip-flop is to please unions because she’s running for public advocate. For its part, Two Trees said it cannot afford to build the project with higher wages. If the development — which has space for cultural non-profits, a library, and other amenities in addition to affordable housing — is shot down, Two Trees will simply build “as of right” on the site. It is located in a parking lot at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues.
Fate of Big BAM Expansion Is a Cliff-Hanger [Crain's]
Yesterday Ariel Property Advisors announced the sale of the huge lot at 626 Flatbush Avenue, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, to the Hudson Companies. The Hudson Companies, developers behind Third + Bond as well as the new Kensington build 22 Caton Place, paid $11 million for the lot. The L-shaped parcel — the large building at the top center of the above image and the parking lot behind it — is on Flatbush between Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road. They plan to build a 23-story, 254-unit rental building there, 20 percent of which will be affordable. DOB documents also indicate that there will be 4,758-square-feet of commercial space and 3,583-square-feet of community space. According to Ariel’s press release, “The property features 100 feet of frontage on Flatbush Avenue and a rear parking lot, which is approximately 52,265 square feet… The deal had to overcome several major hurdles before closing, including resolving an easement issue and relocating several commercial tenants.” Indeed, the developers signed a contract for the site back in March 2012, and the news leaked in February. The tower, the first new high-rise for the neighborhood, will be designed by Rogers Marvel Architects. The Department of Buildings have not yet approved the new building application.
Massive Tower Planned for Prospect Lefferts Gardens [Brownstoner]
There is a whole lot of development planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park, and this Crain’s piece does a pretty good job capturing the massive scope of all that’s to come. To recap: On Labor Day, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation will announce developers for the 19th-century Empire Stores warehouses and for the condo tower on John Street. And construction is beginning soon for Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital Group’s hotel and condo project planned for Pier One, pictured above. All this is expected to yield millions of dollars of revenue for the maintenance of the park. Meanwhile, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are slowly getting rid of their many properties in Brooklyn Heights, including the 400,000-square-foot 55 Furman Street, warehouses along Pearl Street in Dumbo, and two huge parking lots. As Crain’s notes, those are “properties with as much as 2.9 million square feet of development rights.” (Mega developer Related Cos. is eyeing the Pearl Street warehouses.) All these changes, of course, do not come without some controversy. Crain’s talks to the executive director of the Dumbo Neighborhood Association, who says the focus is too much on the projects, not the park. And the union is pushing for work on the three development projects planned because the projects are going up on public land and receiving public subsidies.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Sows Seeds for Borough Land Grab [Crain's]
Work seems to be proceeding to turn the school and rectory at 180 Bainbridge Street in Bed Stuy into apartments, judging by the bin outside and general look of things when we stopped by recently. However, the application was approved way back in 2006. The property changed hands in 2011 for $2,400,000, according to PropertyShark, and then in March was slapped with a $2,000,000 building loan lien and a $2,000,000 mechanic’s lien. The Holy Rosary School is located close to now-hot Stuyvesant Heights; the Gothic Revival structure was built in 1922 and designed by Helmle & Corbett. Anyone have more intel?
Handsome Former School in Bed-Stuy Is Sold Off [Brownstoner] GMAP
Sotheby’s has a listing up for one of the Pearl Street townhouses, soon to be under construction in Dumbo. The single-family, four-story home — nothing more than a rendering at this point — is asking $4.1 million. There are five homes in total, each with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Sizes range from 3,049 to 3,358 square feet, although they’re only 18 feet wide. When renderings surfaced last month, the developers were still finalizing the pricing. Do you think the $4 million price range will fly, considering the high demand currently in the neighborhood and lack of single-family homes?
Renderings Live for the New Dumbo Townhouses [Brownstoner]
Facade Proposal Revealed for 55-57 Pearl St. Townhouses [Brownstoner]
New Building Proposed for Dumbo Graffiti Garage [Brownstoner]
Dumbo Lot Sells for $4.25 Million [Brownstoner]
Williamsburg-based developer Seventeen Monitor LLC signed a 49-year lease with St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Greenpoint and plans to convert at least two of four buildings into apartments. The developers have already filed plans with the Department of Buildings for two of the buildings, The Real Deal reported. A former school at 17 Monitor Street (pictured) will be converted into 69 units. They plan to convert 21 Monitor Street, a three-story building, into a 15-unit development. The two buildings without plans, as of yet, are a three-story at 211 Richardson Street and a two-story at 215 Richardson. No word yet on the timeline, or the details of the project.
Developer Inks 49-year Lease for Greenpoint Catholic School [The Real Deal]
Photo via PropertyShark
BuzzBuzzHome picked up a rendering of 287 Broadway, also known as 282 South 5th Street, from architectural firm Morris Adjmi Architects. It will be a 13-story, 82-unit rental building with two stories of commercial retail space, located between Marcy and Havemeyer. On top of the two story plinth, they are designing a garden, a dog run, and an outdoor cinema. Pretty cool! The roof of the residential tower will hold another garden, an outdoor fire pit, and a grill. According to this earlier article by the Real Deal, there will be 24 studios, 40 one-bedrooms, and 18 two-bedroom units.
Adjmi-licious: Renderings for Luxury Rental 287 Broadway [BuzzBuzz Home]
Forest City Ratner’s office building at 10 MetroTech Center, between Hudson Avenue and Rockwell Place, is slated for a teardown this September, according to The New York Observer. A residential building — no word on its size or look — will go up in its place. FCR has owned the 359,000-square-foot building, a former candy factory, since 1989. According to the Observer, the building’s $40 million non-recourse mortgage “technically remains in default,” but FCR isn’t in danger of losing the building. The property at 625 Fulton Street shares a lot with 80 Dekalb, the 34-story residential tower situated on the north side of the parcel.
Forest City, Avoiding Default, Will Demo for Residential [NY Observer]
Photo via PropertyShark
BuzzBuzzHome spotted a rendering for the 19-story, 66-unit building slated to rise on the former site of a Hallmark store in Brooklyn Heights. The developer for the mixed-use project at 172-174 Montague Street is Bonjour Capital; as previously reported, the architect is Daniel Goldner Architects. CPEX is already shopping around the retail space, which should be ready in the first quarter of next year. How do you like the design? Do you think the building will be a plus for the street?
172-174 Montague Rising 19 Stories in Brooklyn Heights [BuzzBuzzHome]
19-Story Build Coming Soon to Former Hallmark Site? [Brownstoner] GMAP