Early last year, the Newark City Council approved plans to build a 2.5-acre park in the city’s downtown. It would connect Prudential Center to the Ironbound’s Peter Francisco Park by bridging over Newark Penn Station, but it would also serve as the centerpiece of a multi-building mixed-use development of the surrounding vacant blocks. Last week, the city of Newark struck a deal with Edison Properties and J&L Parking Corporation to development the buildings, Newark Patch reports. Details on the new buildings are sparse, but there will be a significant number of residential units, retail space, and possible office space. Construction is expected to commence later this year and completion is tentatively set for July of 2018. The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation will head the construction of the park, being designed by MKW + Associates.
YIMBY recently spotted plans to convert a four-story factory to apartments at 222 Varet Street in East Williamsburg.
Back in October of 2015, news broke that Tavros Development Partners, Charney Construction & Development, and 1 Oak Development were in contract to acquire the Dime Savings Bank assemblage in Williamsburg, located two blocks north of the Marcy Avenue stop on the J/M/Z trains. The $80 million sale has closed, according to Commercial Observer. The development site includes the properties at 263-277 South 5th Street, 262-272 South 4th Street, and 205 Havemeyer Street, and some site are currently occupied by low-rise commercial structures. The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg building, the existing two-story bank at 209 Havemeyer Street, was not part of the deal. The 50,000-square-foot site could accommodate a new 230,500-square-foot mixed-use building, although plans for the site have not been disclosed.
In October of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a five-story, 130-unit residential building at 1873 Starr Street, in western Ridgewood, located five blocks from the Jefferson Street stop on the L train. Now, Slate Property Group has sold the development site to Valyrian Capital and MGM Property Group for $18.5 million, according to Real Estate Weekly. The new owners plan to move forward with the approved project, which measures 141,929 square feet in total and will include 5,009 square feet of ground-floor retail space along with 3,000 square feet of community facility space. The apartment units should average 650 square feet apiece, with 45 of them to be rented at below-market rates. Amenities include a gym, a roof deck, a laundry room, and a garage for 64 bikes and 65 cars. Aufgang Architects is designing the building.
New York City is a land of skyscrapers, but we don’t often find ourselves looking up. But there is something neat to check out if you find yourself up in East Harlem.