Permits Filed: ODA Designing 18 and 22-Story Towers at 420 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

420 Kent Avenue, overhead from Bing Maps

Williamsburg’s waterfront is host to several high-profile new developments either under construction or in the works, and now we can add 420 Kent Avenue to that list. There, two blocks south of the Williamsburg Bridge, Spitzer Enterprises is developing a two-towered complex, for which the architect will be ODA.

The new job filing mixes the figures between the towers, and the given roof height of 185 feet is likely for the 18-story building outlined in the Schedule A (which will have 179 units). Its 22-story companion is slightly more mysterious, but the total number of units listed in the permit is 270, which share 311,224 square feet of residential square footage between the two buildings. At the ground level, 420 Kent Avenue will have 2,001 square feet of retail space.

Crain’s reported that the site went into contract over the summer, with Spitzer buying its 2.8 acres for $165 million. Plans have evidently shifted dramatically from an initial proposal back in 2006, which had to navigate through ULURP.

420 Kent Avenue

Old plan for 420 Kent Avenue, image from Brownstoner

The Real Deal dissected the old plans, which would have broken the development between one 18-story and 104-unit building, and a larger 24-story and 309-unit tower, with the total scope measuring 600,000 square feet. While permit applications in special cases like 420 Kent Avenue often contain inaccurate information, the refined Schedule A would indicate a relatively major shift in massing, and an overall scope that has seemingly shrunk.

ODA’s conception for the site will certainly be more appealing than the previous iteration, which thankfully never got too close to leaving the drawing boards. Nearby, some of ODA’s Brooklyn projects include a subdued and contextual mid-rise at 190 South 1st Street, and on the larger side, a 30-story tower at 436 Albee Square.

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Posted in 420 Kent Avenue | Architecture | Brooklyn | New York | ODA Architects | Residential | Spitzer Enterprises | Williamsburg

Permits Filed: 5721 Broadway, 94-Unit Market-Rate Building in Kingsbridge

5721 Broadway, overhead from Bing Maps

When YIMBY spoke to former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión (now with Stagg Group) back in October, he told us that the development firm was “working on three market-rate projects on Broadway in Riverdale” to go along with their large 130-unit market-rate building at 1680 Pelham Parkway, on the other end of the northern Bronx.

Yesterday they took a step forward with one of those sites, with a new building permit filing for 5721 Broadway, technically downhill from Riverdale in Kingsbridge, next to the elevated 1 train structure.

The rental building is planned to have its 94 units spaced over 62,000 square feet of residential space, yielding an average apartment size of just 650 square feet, likely indicating a dominance of studios and one-bedrooms. The seven-story project also includes 20,000 square feet of medical office space.

While this corner of the Bronx has generally seen more market-rate development than the rest of the borough, the blocks to the west of the 1 train have not seen any new housing production until now. This is despite their designation for mixed-use construction.

Given that the Bloomberg housing regime concentrated development in the city’s gentrifying neighborhoods, it’s gratifying to see that there are still some projects occurring in areas where the demographic change is happening in the other direction (Kingsbridge, Riverdale, and the surrounding neighborhoods are becoming less white and more Dominican, and the blocks around 5731 Broadway are already majority Latino).

The de Blasio administration should seek to boost housing production in Kingsbridge and other neighborhoods like it, where market-rate new construction is most affordable. In the case of Kingsbridge, this would mean rezoning the less-than-stellar remaining single-family homes west of Broadway for tenement-scale development or larger. Allowing housing on the underutilized but highly transit-accessible commercial parcels east of Broadway would be another solution.

As with Stagg’s other projects, Badaly Architects will be responsible for the design of 5721 Broadway.

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Permits Filed: 520 Fifth Avenue to Stand 920 Feet Tall

520 Fifth Avenue during demolition last year

A new tower at 520 Fifth Avenue has been a long time coming, and Thor Equities has already released preliminary renderings of what the building’s retail podium will look like. But now, the first filings for the (likely) condominium portion of the development are up, and YIMBY can reveal that it will greatly exceed the previously estimated height, standing 71 stories and 920 feet to its roof.

Handel is listed as the architect of record, and the building will total 353,589 square feet, split between residential and commercial components. Per the Schedule A, the first 24 floors of the building will be dedicated to 156,024 square feet of commercial space, with a three-story retail podium giving way to amenities and a hotel, which will total 208 rooms.

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Old rendering for 520 5th avenue, image by Thor Equities

The residential portion will measure 197,565 square feet and have 145 units, and starts on the 26th level with a full-floor apartment. The 27th floor will be shared by a gym and amenity spaces, and then besides occasional mechanicals, floors 28 through 70 will be divided between three units each.

Quick math reveals an average unit size of just over 1,300 square feet, and while that is large, it’s actually on the smaller side for super-luxe condo buildings currently rising in Manhattan. The project is located on the corner of 43rd Street and 5th Avenue, which is certainly a central location, though it would not command the premiums of a 57th Street address.

Still, 520 Fifth Avenue will be taller than almost all nearby buildings. And given that the DOB measures to the highest occupied floor, there is also a possibility that a crown element could bump the project above the 1,000′ mark.

The design architect has not yet been released, and no completion date has been announced, but one thing is certain: Midtown Manhattan’s residential boom continues at a breakneck pace.

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Posted in 520 5th Avenue | 520 Fifth Avenue | Architecture | Handel Architects | Midtown | New York | Thor Equities

YIMBY Today: Rybak Reveals Sheepshead Bay Seven-Story Mixed-Use Project at 1801 Emmons Avenue, More

1801 Emmons Avenue, rendering via Rybak Development

1809 Emmons Avenue [Sheepshead Bites]: Rybak Development has unveiled plans for a seven-story, “50 to 60-[condo]-unit” building spanning the site of 1801-1809 Emmons Avenue, on Sheepshead Bay’s southern waterfront. The ground floor will include “approximately six retail units,” accommodated by a “9,000 square-foot public plaza.” An existing single-story building must first be demolished.

300 Lafayette Street, rendering by COOKFOX

300 Lafayette Street, rendering by COOKFOX

300 Lafayette Street [Commercial Observer]: Related and LargaVista Companies have received “a $40 million mortgage” for their planned seven-story, 83,000 square-foot office and retail building for 300 Lafayette Street, in SoHo. COOKFOX is designing, and a gas station must first be removed.

Gateway Elton Street II, rendering by MGH Architects

Gateway Elton Street II, rendering by MGH Architects

Gateway Elton Street II [Brownstoner]: NYC HPD is wrapping up construction on three six-story affordable housing buildings at Gateway Elton Street II — located at 516 and 524 Vandalia Avenue, in East New York – totaling 175 rental units and 25,000 square feet of retail. Hudson Companies is to “begin construction in July 2015″ on Gateway Elton Street III.

408 West 114th Street [Crain's New York]: Mount Sinai has chosen an undisclosed buyer for “the collection of six-story buildings along Morningside Drive between West 113th and 114th Streets, in Morningside Heights. The owners “had hoped [to] net about $130 million,” and two of the four buildings could be razed for redevelopment.

33 East 74th Street, rendering by Neoscape

33 East 74th Street, rendering by Neoscape

33 East 74th Street [Wall Street Journal]: Daniel Straus’ eight-story, 10-unit development project — dubbed 33East74, and technically an assemblage of multiple townhouse and brownstones vertically enlarged — is “expected to be completed in the summer of 2015,” with the top condo unit to be listed for $39 million. Located at 33 East 74th Street, in the Upper East Side, the top unit will also include a 2,440 square-foot terrace.

1 Beekman Street, massing by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

1 Beekman Street, massing rendering by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

1 Beekman Street [The Real Deal]: Urban Muse has purchased the development site at 1 Beekman Street — also known as 33-34 Park Row, in the Financial District — for $52 million. Currently on-site are “two low-rise building totaling roughly 25,000 square feet,” and with an inclusionary housing, bonus 87,300 square feet of ground-up building potential exists.

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Permits Filed: Two-Building Benenson Rental Project at 432 East 14th Street, East Village

Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432 East 14th Street, photo from EV Grieve

In February, the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on East 14th Street, across from the Stuy Town rental mega-complex, shut its doors.

And now, plans have been filed on behalf of owner Benenson Capital Partners to replace it with an eight-story rental apartment building, the developer confirmed to YIMBY earlier today. (Benenson has owned the through-block site since 1983, and the resulting low land cost basis is likely what allows them to build rentals rather than condos.)

The new building permit application calls for 114 apartments spread over nearly 88,000 square feet of net residential space, for a unit average of around 770 square feet. The filing suggests that the redevelopment would be made up of a north and south building, fronting on East 14th and East 13th Streets, respectively. The latter would rise to eight stories and the former to seven, with between five and ten apartments per building per floor.

The residential lobby would be located on the ground floor of the 13th Street building, while the nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space would sit in the north building, fronting on busy East 14th Street.

The project should benefit from an improvement proposed by the MTA, if they can win funding for it – a new entrance at Avenue A for the First Avenue L station. The new entryway (which would come in addition to elevators) would ease crowding at the existing staircases on First Avenue and funnel more foot traffic towards Benenson’s planned project, in addition to generally allowing shorter walk times from Alphabet City to the L.

SLCE Architects filed for the building permit, and a representative from Benenson confirmed to YIMBY that they will be be responsible for the building’s design, and are not merely the architect of record.

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Posted in 432 East 14th Street | 435 East 14th Street | Benenson Capital Partners | East Village | SLCE

DOB Digest: Six-Story, Nine-Unit Mixed-Use Filed at 92 8th Avenue in Chelsea, More

92 8th Avenue, image via Google Maps (October 2014)

MANHATTAN:

679 11th Avenue: Bram Auto Group has filed excavation permits for their proposed four-story, 30,484 square-foot “car showroom” building to span the vacant lots of 677-679 11th Avenue, in Hell’s Kitchen; SLCE Architects is designing.

92 8th Avenue: “Go 8th Avenue LLC” has filed applications for a six-story, nine-unit mixed-use building of nearly 9,600 square feet at 92 8th Avenue, between West 14th and 15th Streets. C3D Architecture is designing, and commercial space will span nearly 2,000 square feet; the existing four-story structure was recently approved for demolition.

BROOKLYN:

535 Lorimer Street: An LLC has filed applications for a four-story, nine-unit residential building of 10,430 square feet at 535 Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg. Riyad Ghannam is designing, and the existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in November.

1556 54th Street: An LLC has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building of nearly 7,000 square feet at 1556 54th Street, in Borough Park. Barry Goldsmith is designing, and an existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in November.

1259 70th Street: Applications have also been filed at the vacant, adjacent lot of 1261 70th Street – in Dyker Heights — for a three-story, three-unit residential building of 6,000 square feet. The additional townhouse at No. 1261 is associated with yesterday’s filings at 1259 70th Street.

1082 East 27th Street: Applications have been filed for a two-story, single-unit home of 3,807 square feet at 1082 East 27th Street, in Midwood. The existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in October.

QUEENS:

91-03 Lamont Avenue: J&H Equity Group has filed applications for a six-story, 10-unit residential building of 8,574 square feet at 91-03 Lamont Avenue, in Elmhurst. Danny Yan is designing, and the existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in October.

25-74 38th Street: Applications have been filed for a four-story, seven-unit residential building of nearly 5,000 square feet at 25-74 38th Street, in Astoria. Frank Petruso is designing, and an existing two-story structure must first be demolished.

7317 Beach Channel Drive: Applications have been filed for an additional Afshari-designed single-story commercial building of 3,858 square feet, this time for the vacant lot at 7305 Beach Channel Drive. Yesterday, permits were submitted for a similar-sized project at No. 7317.

214-16 27th Avenue: Applications have been filed for a two-story, single-family home of 3,156 square feet at the vacant lot of 214-16 27th Avenue, in Bay Terrace.

STATEN ISLAND:

136 Oak Avenue: Applications have been filed for a three-story, single-story home of 2,419 square feet at 136 Oak Avenue, in Oakwood. An existing single-story abode must first be demolished.

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Landmarks Approves 16-Story Building For 8-10 West 17th Street

Rendering of 8-10 West 17th Street

On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the okay to demolish the existing building at 8-10 West 17th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) and construct a new one in its place.

Rendering of 8-10 West 17th Street entrance

Rendering of 8-10 West 17th Street entrance

The existing building, designed by Belfatto & Pavarini, is three-stories-tall and home to the Catholic Medical Mission Board, but is no longer adequate for them. The new building is being developed by Sherwood Equities and Arun Bhatia Development, with Richard Southwick of the preservation architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle as designer. Southwick called his design “contemporary,” yet “sympathetic” to its neighbors.

The new as-of-right building will be 16-stories-tall, with the top two floors being a duplex penthouse. The penthouse will be setback 15 feet in the front and zoning requires that it also be set back 10 feet in the rear. It will be 174 feet to the top of the penthouse, but a total of 208 feet to the top of the rooftop mechanical unit.

Rendering for 8-10 West 17th Street

Rendering for 8-10 West 17th Street

When it came time for the commissioners to decide on the project, a lot of time was spent on the current building. Commissioner Roberta Washington said it was “not as distinctive” as some of the architects’ other work, but it was “not ugly.” Commissioner Diana Chapin echoed that, saying it was “not such a notable example.” Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan called it “fairly plain” and said it was not the type of building the Ladies Mile Historic District was created to protect. Commissioner Michael Goldblum had no problem with the demolition, but said he was happy to see an in-depth discussion of it. In the end, they decided it was fine to demolish the building.

When it came time for them to discuss the proposed new building, little time was necessary. Srinivasan called the new building “sedate” and said it will “enrich the district.” Goldblum encouraged future applicants to go above and beyond Tuesday’s proposal, but called it “completely appropriate.” The proposal was approved unanimously. The texture of the screen over the mechanical units will, however, be refined at the LPC staff level.

8-10 West 17th Street, now and as approved

8-10 West 17th Street, now and as approved

The Historic Districts Council also approved of the demolition. “8-10 West 17th Street appeared in pallor compared to the examples provided of the fanciful Ladies Mile-quality buildings in the district,” HDC’s Kelly Carroll said. “Further, it is demonstrated that this building is not a colleague among the urbane, Modern buildings completed by architects Belfatto and Pavarini.” Carroll did add that the “design for the new building left something to be desired.”

Schematic of 8-10 West 17th Street

Schematic of 8-10 West 17th Street

The project got the support of Community Board 5 and the Real Estate Board of New York. The New York Landmarks Conservancy also backed the demolition.

A resident of 12 West 17th Street complained about the expenses his building has incurred to maintain the lot line windows. The counsel for the LPC said that while buildings in historic districts are required to maintain their lot line windows, there is no expectation that their existence should continue in perpetuity. The project team said people with lot line windows are enjoying them on “borrowed time.”

Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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Posted in 10 West 17th Street | Architecture | Arun Bhatia | Belfatto & Pavarini | Beyer Blinder Belle | LPC | Morris Adjmi Architects | New York | Residential | Richard Southwick | Sherwood Equities

Landmarks Approves New Building At 112 Atlantic Avenue

Revised design for 112 Atlantic Avenue

Try again and you shall succeed. That must be your motto when dealing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, the LPC heard the second presentation for a four-story residential building at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. This time, the commissioners saw fit to approve the proposal.

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The building, which is at the corner of Henry Street, will replace an existing gas station. The gas station has been there since about 1960.

Previous design for 112 Atlantic Avenue

Previous design for 112 Atlantic Avenue

Among the concerns the first time around were the base of the building, the transition between the first and second floors, the transition from the Henry Street side to its neighbor, and the size of the roof bulkhead. The base, especially on Atlantic, has been beefed up. Masonry has been introduced between the first and second floors and the signage will now be the same size as the adjacent building with signage. The large Henry Street garage door is also now dramatically smaller in size. The roof bulkhead has been reduced by one story and the material on the rear chimney has been changed from brick to stucco.

LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said the team from BKSK was “responsive” to their requests and said the revised design was a “much needed improvement.” Commissioner Diana Chapin applauded the “stronger base.” Commissioner Frederick Bland was happy that they were able to very much keep the spirit of the original proposal. He said the LPC’s job isn’t to redesign proposed buildings, but to “tweak” them so they fit.

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The building will have eight residential units, commercial space on the ground floor, and a nine-space automated parking garage. According to the last presentation, the commercial use of the first floor will require a variance from the Bureau of Standards and Appeals. Nobody seemed to anticipate that being a problem.

Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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Permits Filed: Passive House Project at 852 St. John’s Place, Crown Heights

852 St. John's Place, building at center, image from Google Maps

Near the corner of Nostrand Avenue and St. John’s Place, in the rapidly changing central Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, a developer is planning to build a five-story, seven-unit passive house apartment building.

The project, designed by Zakrewski + Hyde Architects, will technically be an alteration of the existing three-story walk-up at 852 St. John’s Place. “We’re retaining as much as we can” of the existing structure, developer Justin Stewart told YIMBY (he was responsible for the city’s first certified passive house project, a brownstone rehab at 23 Park Place in Park Slope).

“The front façade,” however, “is not in good shape at all” – it’s currently a mish-mash of styles, without the attractive features of its neighbors – “and the back façade is not a pretty sight. What is going to be there will be light years ahead.”

The current building totals around 3,100 square feet of net floor area, to which nearly 3,000 square feet will be added, for a new total of 5,800 square feet of net residential space (the rest taken up by mechanicals and common space that doesn’t count towards zoning).

The property has traded hands five times over the past decade, with the first sale in 2005 for just $390,000. The latest sale came earlier this year for $1.23 million, or more than $210 per buildable square foot, putting 852 St. John’s Place in the hands of the current developer.

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Posted in 852 St. John's Place | Architecture | Brooklyn | Crown Heights | Justin Stewart | New York | Residential | Zakrewski + Hyde Architects

Permits Filed: Morris Adjmi-Designed Condos at 138 North 10th Street, Williamsburg

138 North 10th Street, image from Google Maps

Six stories of Morris Adjmi-designed condos are being planned for North 10th Street in Williamsburg, according to a new building permit application filed earlier today with the Department of Buildings.

The 69-foot-tall building at 138 North 10th Street will hold 10 apartments, per the filing, spread over 15,000 square feet of space – condos, clearly, at around 1,500 square feet on average. The first through fourth floors will contain two units each (along with two parking spaces – not required by code – on the ground floor), and the fifth and sixth floors will hold two half-floor duplexes and a roof terrace up top.

The permit application was filed on behalf of Eastern Capital Group, with Michael Shamah and Eli Hamway listed as principals on the filing.

Shamah, reached by YIMBY by phone earlier today, said that construction is planned to begin in around six months.

The developers picked up the three lots, with 56 feet of frontage on North 10th between Bedford and Berry, for a bit under $1.5 million one year ago, or around $100 per buildable square foot.

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