We noticed that Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist sect headquartered in Japan, is building a new house of worship at 13 St. Marks Place in Boerum Hill. The DOB issued a new building permit on September 10 to construct a four-story building zoned for 12,959 square feet. Frederic Schwartz Architects is the architect of record and created the rendering pictured above, which we found attached to the construction fence. The Buddhist organization, which has another branch near Union Square, snagged the vacant lot in June 2012 for $1,650,000, according to Property Shark. In case you were wondering, SGI is a 12-million-strong lay Buddhist movement whose members “integrate their Buddhist practice into their daily lives, following the Lotus Sutra based teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist priest,” according to the group’s website. We couldn’t see over the construction fence, but work is scheduled to wrap in September 2014, according to the notice on the fence. GMAP
Construction recently began for a new mixed-use building at 440 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins and Bond Streets in Boerum Hill. The six-story building will have ground floor retail and eight condos above, according to developer and architect Alex Barrett of Barrett Design and Development. A peek through the construction fence reveals that the row houses that once stood on the lot have been demolished and excavation and foundations are under way.
New building applications show the project is zoned for 11,539 square feet of residential space and 3,588 square feet of commercial space. Floors two through four will have two two-bedroom units per floor, half of which will have private balconies, Barrett told us. And floors five and six will have floor-through penthouses with three bedrooms each, private roof terraces, and four exposures. Amenities will include a common roof terrace, bike storage, and separate storage units available for purchase with the condos. Barrett expects to finish construction by fall 2014.
Neighborhood favorite Enamoo boutique will re-open on Atlantic Avenue this Friday, the owners told us. A tipster spotted their sign up on Atlantic between Bond and Nevins, as well as their newly painted blue storefront. The owners say the new location at 428 Atlantic, in the old Anwaar space, may only be for the next six months, but they’re negotiating with the landlord. The boutique, which sells handprinted t-shirts, hoodies and antiques, closed its store at 109 Smith Street in January after 15 years in the neighborhood.
If all modern builds looked this good, we might be less enthralled with old houses. Today’s HOTD is a resale at the much-praised 14 Townhouses development by architects Rogers/Marvel in Boerum Hill. We’re loving the floor to ceiling windows on the parlor floor, the double height rear dining room, the marble in the bath and the Bulthaup kitchen — particularly the counter. The floors look beautiful too, and the whole thing looks like a home, not an office. The single family house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a wood burning fireplace. One downer, though: The 421b tax abatement expires in 2015. How do you like it and the ask of $3,750,000?
A tipster tells us the post office at 542 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill will shut down over the next year, and the postal carriers will relocate to nearby stations, so the building owner can put up a seven-story hotel on the spot. He also owns the five-story warehouse next door at 540 Atlantic, so perhaps that lot is also part of the plan. It is empty, according to our tipster, but PropertyShark shows a lis pendens filed against the building in 2011 and that it was advertised for rent in the last month. We can find no applications for demo or new building permits. We’ve tried contacting the owner, who building records indicate may be a developer, but he hasn’t returned our request for comment. Have you heard anything about this? GMAP
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