Last week, YIMBY profiled the development site at 44-46 Purves Street, a.k.a. 28-27 Thomson Avenue, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Currently, plans for the site call for a seven-story, 33-unit residential building. Within the last few days, a rendering has been posted on the site’s construction fence, per The Court Square Blog.
Gerald Caliendo Architect
The first residential high-rises in Long Island City’s Court Square neighborhood rose along Purves Street about a decade ago. Today, the block-long street forms the borough’s densest high-rise canyon. The cul-de-sac is built out from end to end, except for the roughly-triangular plot at its southern terminus. A seven-story, 33-unit residential building was proposed for the lot early last year. Though the site was cleared for construction, 44-46 Purves Street has not seen any activity in a year, in contrast to bustling construction activity along the rest of the block. As we await news of further progress and building renderings, the site’s pivotal location as a neighborhood gateway gives the developer an opportunity to present an architecturally notable design.
New construction doesn’t happen often in Ditmas Park, because the city has protected most blocks from development with zoning that only allows the construction of one- or two-family homes. But near the border with Flatbush, new apartment buildings are allowed to sprout.
Roslyn Heights, N.Y.-based Colonial Construction & Development has filed applications for three two-story, two-unit houses at 2787 Miles Avenue and 313-317 Swinton Avenue, in the East Bronx’s Throggs Neck section. The building on Miles Avenue will measure 4,860 square feet and the two on Swinton Avenue will each measure 3,744 square feet. Across the entire project, the full-floor residential units should average a family-sized 1,372 square feet apiece. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 12,500-square-foot property is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in July.
All over Bed-Stuy, little row houses are giving way to apartment buildings. The latest example comes to us from the neighborhood’s western borderlands with Clinton Hill, at 169 Lexington Avenue.