Technology and urbanity have a long and tempestuous relationship, with the former’s advancement over the past century having had an occasionally deleterious effect on the latter. This has been most evident when periods of previously unimaginable progress have yielded inventions like the automobile, which in turn led to the temporary collapse of many inner cities. Now, as online retail continues to outpace brick and mortar shopping, technology has once again laid siege to the fabric of New York City, threatening the time-honored local bodega, and potentially undermining a segment of local retail that has value far beyond its shelves.
Back in January of 2016, YIMBY reported on new building applications for 848 Lorimer Street, in Greenpoint. Now, the first renderings of the project are out, thanks to its architects Issac & Stern. The site is located between Nassau and Driggs avenues, and the latest building applications also show some revisions compared to the original figures.
229 Hawthorne Street, between Rogers and Nostrand avenues in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens, is set for a new development. Applications filed with the DOB show that the new 16-story structure will have 13,510 square feet of residential space, to be divided amongst nine units, translating into an average size of 1,500 square feet. That means condominiums are exceedingly likely, and several of the residences will take up multiple floors. Victor Suben of Royal Engineering, P.C. is the architect of record, and Allen Shahipour, of Amona Realty Group, is listed as the developer. Demolition permits for the existing two-story home were filed back in March.
Applications filed for a 255-unit affordable building at 2119 Caton Avenue aren’t the only progress YIMBY has to report for Flatbush today. Another new affordable and supportive housing development has now topped-out at 1355 Rogers Avenue, dubbed Crystal Tower, and designed by Delacour, Ferrara, & Church Architects. The project has 123 apartments spanning eight floors and 91,100 square feet of residential space; 74 of those units will be reserved for formerly homeless individuals, 41 will be for seniors and their families that are currently on the NYCHA waitlist, and eight three-bedroom units will be available to the community at large via lottery. Completion is expected by 2018, and the site is being developed by The Doe Fund and Crystal Ball, LLC.
Yesterday, YIMBY brought you the reveal for 308 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, designed by Issac & Stern Architects. Today, the prolific architects have filed permits for another new project in the neighborhood, at 632 Metropolitan Avenue, which is roughly equidistant between the Metropolitan and Graham Avenue stops on the L Train. The building will rise six floors and total 8,577 square feet of residential space, which will be divided amongst ten rental-sized units. Amleto Mazza of 632 Metropolitan Avenue, LLC, is listed as the developer, and demolition permits for the site’s previous two-story home were filed back in June of 2016.