When plans were filed to build a medical office building on the site of a late 19th century bank in East New York, neighbors rallied to try and save the neglected Renaissance Revival bank. But they were too late. The building already had demolition plans on file, which meant that the city could not give it landmark protections. Now we’re checking in on the construction of its replacement at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, with photos from Tectonic.
East New Yorkers rallied early last year to save a historic bank building at 91 Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York, after plans surfaced for a seven-story medical building that would replace it. The wrecking ball ultimately came for the 19th century Renaissance Revival bank designed by Richard Upjohn, and now the new medical facility is rising fast.
Kiumarz Geula, doing business as an anonymous LLC, originally filed applications for a six-story, 46,954-square-foot school building at 3458 Third Avenue, in Morrisania, back in December of 2012. Now, the same plans are being revived under William Leung’s Financial District-based Array Architecture Studio, which replaced Westchester County-based SWL Architect. The new building’s ground floor will host a lobby and administrative offices. There will be classrooms located on the second through fifth floors, a cafeteria on the second, and a gymnasium on the sixth. There aren’t any details concerning who would be attending the school, although the city’s School Construction Authority appears not to be involved, which means it could be private.
In February of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a seven-story, 159,050 square-foot medical office building at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, in northern East New York, located within walking distance of subway stops on the A, C, J, Z, and L trains, as well as the East New York station on the Long Island Rail Road. Later that year, the site’s old four-story commercial building, the Former East New York Savings Bank, was demolished. Now, Brownstoner has renderings of the new building and foundation work is currently underway on it. The project will boast 116,522 square feet of medical office space as well as 153 parking spots. Parking will take up the second through fourth floors, and medical office space will occupy the ground level and fifth through seventh floors. Array Architects is behind the design and Jonas Rudofsky, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is listed as partner to the property owner.
The de Blasio administration is in the midst of planning a rezoning for East New York, designed to accommodate subsidized housing development in the Brooklyn neighborhood just east of Broadway Junction. But in the meantime, a…