The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two city-owned development sites adjacent to each other, which total 4.5 acres, at 5-40 44th Drive and 4-99 44th Drive. Politico New York reports that the city is looking for developers to build “at least 300,000 square feet of commercial office or light manufacturing space, up to 1,000 apartments, a school, and a small park.” The site is currently located in a manufacturing district but would be rezoned for a mixed-use project. It currently consists of a single-story Department of Transportation facility, a surface parking lot, and a restaurant (which has a lease that expires in 2017). Proposals are due by May 26, 2016.
In 2012, Rockrose Development acquired the commercial building at 528-534 West 39th Street, in the Hudson Yards District, effectively completing a full-block, 73,793-square-foot assemblage between Eleventh Avenue and Hudson Boulevard. The developer has now begun the Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) that could grow the development potential of the site – also known as 476 Eleventh Avenue – from roughly 500,000 square feet as-of-right to 1.4-million square feet, The Real Deal reports. A mixed-use building with a total 528 residential units and roughly one million square feet of commercial space could be built if the site’s development potential is maxed out. Existing four- and two-story commercial buildings must first be demolished.
In October of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for an 11-story, 116-unit residential building at 3084 Webster Avenue, in Norwood, located six blocks from the Norwood – 205th Street stop on the D train. The Department of Buildings disapproved the applications last November and the developer, Stagg Group, has now filed applications for a slightly larger project with Midtown-based Marin Architects, a different architecture firm than before. The latest plans call for an 11-story, 118-unit mixed-use building which would encompass 133,845 square feet in total, roughly 20,000 square feet larger than the previous filing. There will be 4,325 square feet of retail space and 3,185 square feet of community facility space on the ground floor. The apartments above should average a family-sized 1,008 square feet apiece, and 20 percent of them will rent at below-market rates. A two-story warehouse in the back of the site assemblage must first be demolished.
Last August, GPB Realty Capital entered contract on a vacant slice of property at 211-215 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Now they’ve filed plans for a 14-story mixed-use building there between Hoyt and Bond Streets.
Very few new manufacturing buildings have risen in the low-slung area around the Gowanus Canal, but one developer is turning the tide with plans for a 13-story industrial project at 148 Third Street, between the Third Street Bridge and the canal.