As New York City’s supertall boom spreads beyond Manhattan, the first site in the outer boroughs that should yield a tower exceeding the 1,000-foot mark will be 9 DeKalb Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn. YIMBY has reported extensively on the evolution of the project, beginning with the initial DOB applications back in June of 2014, and continuing through the full reveal at the LPC last April. Now, machinery is on-site, and excavation work appears to be getting underway for the 1,066-foot-tall tower.
The Chetrit Group is in the early stages of planning for a mixed-use project that would rise on the irregularly-shaped, eight-acre property at 57-46 56th Street, in Maspeth. The developer previously sat down with local elected officials to discuss rezoning the property for residential units, according to Crain’s, which would trigger the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), as the site is currently located within an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) and zoned for manufacturing. Nothing yet has been formally proposed. Multiple low-rise industrial warehouses occupy the property.
Four years ago, Chetrit Group paid $26.5 million for four lots on West 37th and West 38th Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues, near Hudson Yards and the Javits Center. Now Joseph Chetrit’s firm has filed applications for a 46-story, 622-foot-tall tower with a hotel and apartments there, at 545 West 37th Street.
Back in 2012, Clipper Equity and the Chetrit Group acquired, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for $81 million, the 14-story Bossert Hotel building at 98 Montague Street, in Brooklyn Heights. It has since been undergoing a conversion back to the structure’s original use as a hotel, and now it has been revealed that the the building will open on October 1, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. Re-dubbed Esplendor Bossert Brooklyn, it will be operated by Fën Hotels. The latest building permits indicate there will be 279 hotel rooms. It will feature a 1,997-square-foot restaurant on the first floor, a 2,995-square-foot lobby café, and a 2,300-square-foot restaurant on the 14th floor. The rooftop terrace will measure 1,922 square feet and will be utilized by the restaurant. New York-based Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman + Associates Architects (GSKA) is behind the design of the renovation. The building sits within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission, on Tuesday, issued a decision that paves the way for construction of Brooklyn’s new tallest tower, which will be located at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, on the same block as Junior’s.