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25 Kent Avenue

City Planning Commission Expected to Approve Eight-Story Office Building Planned at 25 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

In early January, the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) kicked off for Heritage Equity Partners’ planned eight-story, 400,000-square-foot office/manufacturing building at 25 Kent Avenue, in northern Williamsburg. Now, the City Planning Commission is expected to support rezoning the block for the project, Crain’s reports. But the approval comes at the expense of the proposed neighborhood rezoning, which would establish an “Enhanced Business District” over most of the North Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone (IBZ), allowing for the surrounding blocks to be developed similar to 25 Kent Avenue. The rezoning would grant developers a boost in allowed commercial FAR in exchange for the inclusion of light manufacturing space, identical to a normal community facility FAR bonus. City Planning is expected to approve the application later this month, at which point the City Council will vote on the project. Mayor Bill de Blasio will complete the ULURP review if he decides to sign off on City Council’s pending approval. Rubenstein Partners is partnered in the project, and Gensler and Hollwich Kushner Architecture (a.k.a HWKN) is designing.


437 Cleveland Street

Three-Story, Three-Unit Residential Building Coming to 437 Cleveland Street, East New York

Woodhaven-based Joe Mashieh has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building at 437 Cleveland Street, in northern East New York, located four blocks from the Shepherd Avenue stop on the C train. The structure will measure 3,942 square feet. Each floor will host a single apartment, and the units should average a family-sized 986 square feet apiece. Suresh Manchanda’s Flushing-based L&C Associates is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,458-square-foot lot is currently vacant. The site benefits from the East New York Rezoning that was approved last month, and now sits within an R5B district. The site can accommodate up to 3,318 square feet of residential space, which means 361 square feet of air rights will remain if the latest plans move forward.


49 Speedwell Avenue

Twin Three-Story, Two-Family Houses Coming to 49 Speedwell Avenue, Bulls Head, Staten Island

Steven Shapiro’s Staten Island-based FAS Building Corporation has filed applications for twin three-story, two-family houses at 49-53 Speedwell Avenue, in Bulls Head, located in west-central Staten Island. From south to north, they will measure 3,868 and 3,952 square feet respectively. Across the development, the full-floor residential units should average a family-sized 1,191 square feet apiece. Each house will come with a 223-square-foot, single-car garage, in addition to two other off-street parking spaces. Staten Island-based Calvanico Associates is the architect of record. The 90-foot-wide plot, on the corner of Sideview Avenue, was occupied by a single-story home until it was demolished earlier this year.


520 Park Avenue

New Renderings of 54-Story, 33-Unit Residential Tower Under Construction at 520 Park Avenue, Upper East Side

Back in December of 2015, construction was up to the third floor of the 54-story ultra-luxury residential building under development at 520 Park Avenue, located on East 60th Street in Lenox Hill. Now, construction has commenced on the tower portion of the building, and YIMBY can reveal new renderings of the limestone-clad structure. The 251,892-square-foot, 737-foot-tall tower will host 33 condominiums, averaging an incredible 5,394 square feet apiece. Units will span at least the entire floor, with the duplex and triplex penthouses consisting of the largest configurations. Amenities will include a salon, a pool, a fitness center with exercise rooms, a treatment room, a sauna and steam rooms, and a children’s playroom. There will also be guest suites, a wine cellar, private storage space, a garden, and a 21-bike storage room. Zeckendorf Development is the developer and Robert A.M. Stern Architects is behind the design, while SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected in 2017.


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