Staten Island has long been the city’s slowest-growing borough, but the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing it to develop more housing. Last Wednesday, the Department of City Planning organized a public forum on the mayor’s plan to rezone Bay Street, an industrial swath of Staten Island’s north shore, in order to encourage new apartments and retail.
Normally, when YIMBY hears about development in eastern Queens, it’s happening in Flushing or Jamaica. But over the weekend, we stumbled across permits for a new apartment building in Briarwood, a middle-class neighborhood wedged between Jamaica and Kew Gardens.
Construction is now wrapping on the transformative 27-unit conversion underway at the 10-story former office building at 11 Beach Street, in TriBeCa. YIMBY can now bring you a photo of the nearly completed project, courtesy of prolific photographer Tectonic. The apartments, which will be condominiums, should average a spacious 3,976 square feet apiece. They will range from three- to five-bedrooms, some of which will come in townhouse-style and penthouse configurations. Amenities include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, an inner courtyard, a landscaped roof deck, and storage space for 14 bikes. Some of the apartments will also feature their own pool. YIMBY revealed renderings of the BKSK Architects-designed project in 2014. Thomas Juul-Hansen is crafting the interiors and HFZ Capital is the developer. Occupancy can probably be expected in the coming months.
Benenson Capital Partners and Mack Real Estate Group have proposed a 12-story, 155-rental-unit mixed-use complex at the site of the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office, at 432 East 14th Street in the East Village. The developers have applied for a variance with the Board of Standards and Appeals in attempt to build four stories higher than zoning allows, DNAinfo reported. The latest permits with the Buildings Department reflect the proposal. If the variance is granted, 9,131 square feet of retail space would be located on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units should average 743 square feet apiece, with 31 of them to rent at below-market rates. Amenities include bike storage space, private residential storage, a fitness center, laundry facilities, and multiple other “recreational rooms.” If the variance isn’t granted, YIMBY assumes the developer will move forward with previously filed plans, which call for an eight-story, 114-unit complex. SLCE Architects is the architect of record. Earlier this year, the first rendering was revealed of the eight-story project.
Ampiera Group’s eight-story, 36-unit mixed-use project under construction at 24-12 42nd Road is now six stories above street level, as seen in photos taken last Friday by JC_Heights and posted to the YIMBY Forums. The structure will eventually encompass 49,050 square feet. It will include 4,328 square feet of ground-floor retail space and will host condominium units averaging 817 square feet apiece. Amenities will include private residential storage units, bicycle storage space, outdoor space on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. John K. Yung’s Flushing-based MY Architect is behind the design. In April, the structure was having its ground floor poured and had risen five stories in height. The structure can be expected to top out later this summer, with occupancy probably coming for sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.