On Tuesday, a proposal to renovate and expand a nearly century-and-a-half-old rowhouse on the Upper East Side’s southern end went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. While the work on its front would be mostly welcome, the proposal for the roof and rear left one commissioner wondering how the application got this far.
Filings for new buildings in Flatbush seem to have slowed down over the last few months, probably thanks to confusion about the defunct-but-possibly-not 421-a tax abatement. The tax break propped up market-rate development throughout the central Brooklyn neighborhood, and without it, many builders seem to be delaying construction.
Scarsdale, N.Y.-based L&R&G Contractors Corp. has filed applications for a three-story, six-unit residential building at 3613 Barnes Avenue, in the East Bronx’s Williamsbridge section. The project will measure 4,169 square feet and its residential units should average 676 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. One of the units on the third floor will also feature space on an upper penthouse level. Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the architect of record. The 26-foot-wide, 1,982-square-foot lot is vacant. The Gun Hill Road stop on the 2 train is four blocks away.
Affordable housing protesters chanting and marching through a public meeting last night forced the Department of City Planning to call off what would have been the first stage of a public approval process to rezone part of the Broadway Triangle in South Williamsburg, which would pave the way for an eight-building residential development.
Construction is a single floor away from topping out at 301 Freedom Place South, located between West 61st and 62nd streets on the southern end of the Upper West Side. That’s where a 10-story, 179,863-square-foot Collegiate School, a private, all-boys prep school, is under construction. The progress can be seen thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums. A theater, a gymnasium, a fitness center, and a cafeteria will be located on the ground and cellar levels. Classrooms will span the second through ninth floors, with a library on the fifth floor. The 143-foot-tall structure has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Completion is expected in 2017.