The Bronx Museum of the Arts, located at 1040 Grand Concourse, on the corner of East 165th Street in the South Bronx, is planning a $25 million overhaul and expansion of their 36,000-square-foot facility. The expansion will include more exhibition space and a “glassed-in” area for educational and community programing, the New York Times reports. Venezuelan-American architect Mónica Ponce de León, head of MPdL Studio, will be responsible for the design of the expansion. The museum will remain open during the construction. The first phase is expected to be complete by 2020. The city has already contributed roughly $7 million to the project.
Newburgh, N.Y.-based property owner Artan Prelaj has filed applications for two four-story, multi-unit residential buildings at 2747-2749 Cruger Avenue, in Allerton, located around the block from the Allerton Avenue stop on the 2/5 trains. From north to south, the buildings will measure 6,219 and 7,543 square feet each. The smaller building will contain seven units averaging 714 square feet apiece, while the larger building will host nine units averaging 659 square feet apiece, both indicative of rental apartments. Both buildings will be topped by a penthouse level that will be associated with one of the fourth floor apartments. There will also be private residential storage in the cellar. Fernando Geremia’s Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by a two-story brick house. Permits were filed to demolish it last year.
An anonymous New York investor has acquired, for $15.4 million, the six-story, 13,150-square-foot former residence and studio of artists Madeline Arakawa Gins and Shusaku Arakawa at 124 West Houston Street, in Greenwich Village. The new owner plans to convert the building’s ground and cellar levels into retail space and turn floors two though six into residential units, according to Commercial Observer. The building is vacant, except for a rent-controlled apartment on the fifth floor. It’s not clear if the apartments will be rentals or condos, but the future residential floors contain 14-foot ceilings and large floor plates. The property is located within the South Village Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve any exterior alterations.
Back in March of 2015, YIMBY reported on new applications filed for a two-building residential project on the block-thru lot at 164 South Oxford Street and 171 South Portland Avenue, in Fort Greene, located within four blocks of the B, C, D, G, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains and Atlantic Terminal. Now, the developer, East River Partners, is moving forward with slightly more contextual plans than their initial proposal in 2014 and has revealed renderings of it to Curbed NY. The latest building permits describe the South Oxford Street component as a four-story, 11,070-square-foot structure with seven units. Its units should average 1,212 square feet apiece. The South Portland Avenue side will be a five-story, 19,732-square-foot building with nine units averaging 1,566 square feet apiece. The apartments, which will be condominiums, will come in two-, three-, and four-bedroom configurations. Work is currently underway and completion is expected in early 2017. Flatiron District-based Barry Rice Architects is the architect of record.
Back in September of 2014, YIMBY brought you an update on the development site at 16 West 57th Street, along Midtown’s Billionaires’ Row, when the property was acquired for $95 million by a Brazilian investor. Last week, developer Sheldon Solow acquired the property, a five-story, 24,000-square-foot commercial building, for $128 million, The Real Deal reported. The developer also owns the adjacent properties at 10 West 57th Street, 20 West 57th Street, and 19 West 56th Street. The site assemblage now boasts 213,000 square feet of residential development rights, plus additional rights that can be put towards a commercial component. The new owner has yet to disclose plans for the site. Demolition permits were filed last year to raze 16 West 57th Street as well as the six-story office building at 19 West 56th Street.