It was back in September of 2014 that YIMBY brought you word of plans for a 21-story mixed-use building at corner of Livingston Street, Boerum Place, and Red Hook Lane in Downton Brooklyn. It was in April of 2015 that demolition started and in June of 2015 that we showed you a rendering. Now, thanks to photos from our friend Tectonic, we can report that the project at 117 Livingston Street (a.k.a. 415 Red Hook Lane) has reached its second story.
Property owner Zhi Lin has filed applications for a six-story, nine-unit mixed-use building at 1471 Amsterdam Avenue, in Harlem’s Manhattanville section, on the block between West 131st and 133rd streets. The new building will rise on a 25-foot-wide lot and measure a total 8,854 square feet. The ground floor will have a 1,280-square-foot commercial establishment and the residential units stacked above will average a rental-sized 616 square feet apiece. Amenities include a recreation room and laundry in the cellar, and rooftop recreation area. James Cheng’s Flushing-based Urban Architectural Design is the architect of record. Demolition work commenced on the existing single-story structure this past December, according to filings.
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.