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


It was ten years ago that the original developers of 19-73 38th Street began the process of trying to build at large mixed-use project on the edge of the Steinway IBZ by going through the ULURP process to gain approval for housing on the site. As the Queens Gazette reported at the time, the owners envisioned a 10-sotry building with retail, community space and parking on the lower level and condos on the upper floors. By 2008, the developer had its application to build a 234,000-square-foot building approved by DOB. The developer was only part-way through the project however when it ran into financial difficulties and construction stalled. The first lis pendens was filed in 2009 and a foreclosure sale was scheduled for October of last year with an outstanding lien amount of $25,478,983. Property records show that the deed changed hands in February of this year for just $6,000,000, which, at about $25 per buildable foot, seems incredibly low. So low, in fact, that the truth has to be more complicated. Regardless of the financial details, it appears that a permit was issued for a partial job in March, and a guy running the garage across the street said he’s heard that the project was going to start up again. This good news for the neighborhood? Anyone know more of the gory details about how the original deal imploded? More photos of the site below. GMAP


Image source: Wired NY

Looks like a plan exam is in for the property 29-07 Queens Plaza North, according to the Department of Buildings. Plans were filed on 11/20/12 At one point in the past it looked like a 23 story hotel by Ashihara architects was in the works but now it looks like a 31 story mixed use building is potentially going to go up there. The plans indicate it will be 179,288 square feet (107,007 square feet residential, 72,281 commercial) in size. 61 enclosed parking spots are also in the plans.