New development rarely happens in Riverdale, because big brick co-op buildings and townhouses populated most of the northwestern Bronx neighborhood in the wave of construction that swept across New York City after World War II. But every once in a while, a developer cobbles together a site in the quiet, middle-class enclave. Yesterday, we spotted permits for a 14-story apartment building at 3644 Oxford Avenue, just over the border from Fieldston.
The city downzoned most of Sunset Park in 2009, limiting development in a huge and still relatively affordable part of southern Brooklyn. The new zoning extends to the west side of 8th Avenue, but on the east side, developers can exploit more flexible zoning that doesn’t limit the heights of new buildings.
So it’s no surprise to find plans for a six-story, mixed-use building here at 4603 8th Avenue, near the border with Borough Park.
Late last year, the city began infrastructure work and laying out the new streets for phase two of the Hunters Point South mega-development, in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, directly on the East River. The second phase will see the mixed-use build-out of seven city blocks as well as new public park space. DNAinfo reports the city’s Department of Education is planning to built a new 600-student elementary school on the blocks bound by 57th and 56th avenues, Center Boulevard, and Second Street. That’s on the very southern tip of the master plan and will be located on block “F” in the image above. The school will have its own building and should cost roughly $60 million. Completion of the school is expected in 2020.
In September of 2015, the Empire State Development Corp. began the eminent domain process to acquire 590 Atlantic Avenue, located across from Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the Pacific Park mega-development. A partnership between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings would develop the property, currently home to two low-rise retail buildings. Right now, the site boasts 440,000 square feet of development rights, but the developers are proposing the idea to transfer 1.1 million square feet of air rights in order to build a 1.5-million-square-foot office building. According to Crain’s, the air rights transfer would have to be approved by a state review process via the Empire State Development Corp. The air rights transfer would preserve public plaza space.
In May of 2015, excavation work kicked off at 325 Kent Avenue on the first building in Two Trees Management Company’s Domino Sugar Refinery mega-development, in western Williamsburg. Excavation has since wrapped up and foundation work is well underway, as seen in photos courtesy of Tectonic. A 16-story, 401,246-square-foot mixed-use building is being built and will include a total of 522 residential units, 105 of which will be rented at below market-rates through the affordable housing lottery. The apartments will average 712 square feet apiece. Additionally, there will be 9,378 square feet of retail space broken up into multiple spaces on the ground and second floors. SHoP Architects is the design architect and completion is expected in 2017.