Back in 2014, the Brooklyn Public Library floated the idea of redeveloping its Sunset Park branch – at 5108 Fourth Avenue, located on the corner of 51st Street – into a mixed-use building with a new library and affordable residential units. Now, the Brooklyn Public Library and non-profit developer Fifth Avenue Committee are planning to move forward with an eight-story, 49-unit mixed-use project, DNAinfo reports. The team is expected to begin the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) within the coming weeks. If approved, the building would feature a 21,000-square-foot library. The current single-story, 12,200-square-foot branch, which is in need of repairs, would be demolished. Fifth Avenue Committee would acquire the property from the city to develop the project.
On Friday, we brought you an update on construction of 220 Central Park South, now quickly rising over the park. However, what’s behind it will eventually eclipse it. We’re talking about 217 West 57th Street, officially known as Central Park Tower and dubbed Nordstrom Tower by YIMBY.
Wood frame houses and vacant lots are slowly giving way to new construction on the short blocks between Bushwick Avenue and Broadway in southern Bushwick. Today, we have a look at one of those new developments – a four-story building planned for 30 Belvedere Street.
East Flatbush is quickly becoming a hotbed for small developers looking for relatively cheap land and generous zoning. Two houses there, across from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, may bite the dust for a seven-story mixed-use building.
In late 2014, Apple signed a 20,000-square-foot lease at 247 Bedford Avenue, in Williamsburg, located at the corner of North 3rd Street, four blocks from the Bedford Avenue Station on the L train. Then in April of 2015, the former two-story corner building was razed to its foundation to be rebuilt as a new two-story structure. Brownstoner now reports much of the exterior construction is complete, with work currently focused on the interior. Marin Architects P.C. is the architect of record. RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital acquired an assemblage of buildings on the block, including 247 Bedford Avenue, for $66 million in 2012. While Apple is setting up shop at 247 Bedford Avenue, the developers are moving forward with renovations on the adjacent two-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 159 North 3rd Street. As for the Apple store, opening can probably be expected later this year.