The city has unveiled its plan to revitalize and encourage more office development in Midtown East, following on the heels of a rezoning along Vanderbilt Avenue that paved the way for a 67-story office tower at One Vanderbilt.
On Thursday, YIMBY told you about sidewalk planters approved for a building on Fifth Avenue, and used to it to illustrate just how much control the Landmarks Preservation Commission has over historic districts. Another recent approval, however, shows how little control the commission has in a different area.
Brooklyn-based Yeshiva Amod Hatorah Inc. has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 1473 50th Street, in the heart of Borough Park. The project will measure 15,589 square feet. It will include a 3,650-square-foot religious facility on the ground and cellar levels, followed by six residential units across the second through fourth floors. The units should average 1,253 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Ruslan Goychayev’s Brooklyn-based RSLN Architecture is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide, 4,006-square-foot property is currently vacant. The 50th Street stop on the D train is three blocks away.
Staten Island-based Foster Development has filed applications for five two-story, two-family houses at 109-125 Greenfield Avenue, in Clifton. That’s a neighborhood along Staten Island’s North Shore. The buildings will each measure between 3,960 square feet and 4,043 square feet. Across the entire development, the full-floor residential units should average a family-sized 1,331 square feet apiece. Each house will also feature a single-car garage in the cellar. Joseph M. Morace’s Staten Island-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 188-foot-wide, 23,124-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The site is three blocks from the neighborhood’s Staten Island Railway station.
Two years ago, YIMBY brought you the first look at the 12-story office and medical center for New York City Hotel and Motel Trades Council’s Employee Benefit Funds at 620 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, workers are installing a curved, undulating facade on the building, and Tectonic has photos of the progress.