Hasidic developers are slowly transforming the semi-industrial wasteland between Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg into a mixed-use residential neighborhood. The latest evidence comes from building applications for a hotel and synagogue at 484 Park Avenue, designed by ubiquitous architect Karl Fischer.
Long Island City is hot. If you want one gauge of how hot, consider that YIMBY has written close to two dozen stories about or involving Long Island City just this year. While many projects are speeding along, one project – 41-21 28th Street – is moving a little more slowly, as seen in photos sent to us by our friend Tectonic.
Maspeth-based Aasrah Holdings Corp. has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 98 Thatford Avenue, in Brownsville, located 10 blocks south of the Rockaway Avenue Station on the A/C trains. The new structure will measure 8,500 square feet and will include 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Two per floor, the residential units begin on the second floor and should average 750 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Akeeb Shekoni’s Jamaica-based Askon Architects is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,502-square-foot lot is currently vacant.
Back in October of 2015, construction was underway on the ground floor of the eight-story, 54-unit mixed-use building being developed at 275 West 140th Street, in northern Harlem. Now, Harlem+Bespoke reports the structure has topped out, and it appears façade installation is imminent. Dubbed Strivers Plaza, the 64,948-square-foot project will eventually host studio, one-, and two-bedroom rental apartments. Individual units should average 876 square feet apiece, and amenities listed in the Schedule A include recreational rooms, storage for 28 bikes, an outdoor recreational area on the second floor, refuse rooms on each floor, and a rooftop terrace on the seventh floor. An 8,024-square-foot supermarket will occupy most of the ground floor, along with a 498-square-foot community facility. Radson Development is developing and Aufgang Architects is behind the design.
Madison Realty Capital has acquired the vacant 29,000-square-foot lot at 69-02 – 69-08 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, for $14.75 million. The purchase is the first of five properties that are currently being assembled for a mixed-use development, according to The Real Deal. Three other properties – the two-story structure at 46-12 70th Street, the single-story warehouse as 69-39 47th Avenue, and the restaurant at 69-20 Queens Boulevard – are currently in contract to be sold by their respective owners. The fifth property is a two-story cultural center at 69-23 47th Avenue. The single property Madison owns can accommodate roughly 145,000 square feet of development, but if successful in acquiring the entire assemblage, the developer could build a nearly 358,000-square-foot project. At that point, Madison plans to take a mixed-use rental project through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).