Deborah Berke Partners has been selected, through a competition, to design the mixed-use conversion of the eight-story, 100,000-square-foot former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, on the corner of the West Side Highway in West Chelsea. The competition included over 43 entrants, Curbed NY reported. Last October, Empire State Development (ESD) awarded NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group a 99-year lease of the property, to transform it into community facility and commercial space. Dubbed the Women’s Building, it will house a women’s rights organization, community space, an art gallery, and a restaurant. A construction timeline has not been released. The facility was evacuated in preparation of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Inmates were never transported back to the location due to storm damage and budgetary constraints.
Eric Ho, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, 17,354-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at 11 Bay 20th Street, in Bath Beach. There will be 4,238 square feet of retail space across the ground floor, followed by a 179-child daycare center on the second and third floors. There will also medical offices in the cellar. Timothy Li’s Brooklyn-based TLI Architect is the architect of record. The 60-foot-wide, 5,800-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, three-family house. Demolition permits were filed in May. The 18th Avenue stop on the D train is located a block away.
Construction is wrapping up on a 14-story, 159-unit mixed-use building at 203 Gramatan Avenue, in downtown Mount Vernon. That’s in southern Westchester County. It’s been dubbed La Port Apartments. All of the units, which range from studios to two-bedrooms, will be rented at below-market rates as affordable workforce housing, Westfair reported. Amenities include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a media room, a lounge with a pantry, and a 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck. The base of the building will also host 20,000 square feet of retail space, of which Dollar Tree has already leased half. Atlantic Development Group, headed by Peter Fine, and Kenwood Equities are the developers, and GF55 Partners is the architect. After nine years in the development process, completion is expected in the next few months. Peter Fine is also planning a market-rate residential project next to La Porta Apartments, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Brooklyn-based property owner Mosheref Hussain has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 352 East 5th Street, in northern Kensington. The structure will measure 5,516 square feet. The first residential unit will span the ground and second floors, followed by the second unit on the third floor. The lower apartment will also feature space in the cellar for a recreational area and laundry facilities. Since two apartments are splitting 4,100 square feet of residential space, condominiums are likely in the works. The project will also feature two off-street parking spots. Flushing-based He Gin Lee Architect is the architect of record. The 45-foot-wide, 4,500-square-foot plot is currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t yet been filed. The Church Avenue stop on the F and G trains is five blocks to the west.
Leroy D. Blake, doing business as an anonymous Corona-based LLC, has filed applications for five mixed-use, multi-family buildings at 43-06 102nd Street and 101-16 – 101-20 43rd Avenue, in North Corona. Two of the buildings will rise three stories and contain three apartments, while another two will stand four stories and contain four apartments. New building permits indicate there will be a fifth building, but it hasn’t been individually filed yet. Of the filed structures, they will measure between 3,971 square feet and 4,508 square feet each. There will be 11,855 square feet of residential space and 3,469 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The apartments will likely be rentals and amenities include a “recreational room” and two off-street parking spots. Michael Mastrogiacomo’s Queens-based engineering firm is the applicant of record. The 7,725-square-foot corner lot is currently occupied by an auto repair business. Demolition permits were filed in June. The 103rd Street-Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train is four blocks away.