Sasson Properties has filed applications for a five-story, 16-unit mixed-use building at 737 Liberty Avenue, in East New York, located two blocks equidistant from subway stops on either the J or C trains. The development will measure 21,856 square feet in total and will include 3,029 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Beginning on the second floor, there will be four residential units per floor. Apartments will average a relatively spacious 835 square feet apiece and will likely be rentals. The cellar will contain eight parking spots, which is the minimum required under zoning. Sandor Weiss’s Brooklyn-based Gelu Durus Musica is the applicant of record. Three- and two-story buildings, at 737 and 735 Liberty Avenue respectively, must first be demolished.
In 2013, Jerry Karlik’s JK Equities acquired the RKO Keith’s Theatre, an individual landmark at 135-27 – 135-35 Northern Boulevard in Downtown Flushing, for $30 million. The developer received approval to redevelop the severely dilapidated structure in 2015, but now Karlik is putting the development site back on the market, Crain’s reports. A new developer could build a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building with 24,493 and 15,727 square feet of commercial and community facility space, respectively. A buyer could also take advantage of a previously granted tax break. Studio V Architecture was behind JK Equities’ proposal, although a new owner could always choose to design a different building and go back to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for approval. Cushman & Wakefield is marketing the site.
In November of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the planned 28-story, 150-unit mixed-use building at 436 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn, located only a few blocks from stops on roughly a dozen subway lines. The Department of Buildings granted permits in March 2015, and since then the building has risen three stories above street level, as seen in photos by Tectonic. The latest filings have the project measuring 155,100 square feet in total and including 23,740 square feet of commercial-retail space on the cellar through third floors. The residential units will begin on the fourth floor and should average 793 square feet apiece. ODA New York is designing and Yoel Schwimer is the developer. Completion in 2017 seems probable.
Last month, YIMBY reported on applications for JDS Development and Chetrit Group’s planned 73-story, 1,066-foot-tall residential tower at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now the New York Times has new details on the project, as well as an updated rendering. The tower portion would be connected to the Dime Savings Bank building at 9 DeKalb Avenue, an individual landmark, and would require the demolition of part of the structure. That means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve alterations to the bank building. The first hearing is scheduled for March 15. The interior of the 97,000-square-foot bank building, which is also an interior landmark, is expected to be transformed into retail space.
Guo H Hu, doing business as an anonymous Queens-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit mixed-use building at 45-08 Junction Boulevard, in Corona, located six blocks south of the Junction Boulevard stop on the 7 train. The new structure will measure just 3,987 square feet in total and will include a small 449 square-foot doctor’s office on the ground floor. The residential units, three of which will have full-floor layouts, will average 750 square feet apiece. Flushing-based An Shen Ma is the architect of record. The site’s existing two-and-a-half-story wood-framed building must first be demolished.