Developers are slowly starting to pay attention to Kew Gardens, a middle-class neighborhood in eastern Queens with a burgeoning immigrant population. The latest proof comes in the form of a new building application for an eight-story apartment building at 83-67 116th Street, just east of Forest Park.
Back in April of 2012, YIMBY reported on applications for a new 25-story hotel at 414 West 15th Street, in Chelsea, and since then the hotel plans underwent revision and were revealed in multiple posts. But the hotel never came to fruition and now the site’s developers – the Boston-based Rockpoint Group, Highgate Holdings, and its property owner, Meilman Family Real Estate – are planning an 18-story, 130,000-square-foot office building, Crain’s reports. The structure will stand 270 feet above street level, and according to the latest filings with the Department of Buildings, there will be 108,469 square feet of commercial space. It will include retail space on the ground and cellar levels, and the rest of the property will be leased as office space. Rockpoint’s adjacent expansion project at 430 West 15th Street, which was recently completed and boasts a total 85,000 square feet of office/retail space, will connect to the new building. CetraRuddy Architecture is designing the office plans. Technically, the foundation has already been poured.
Haim Levy’s Jamaica-based Phoenix Home Realty Inc. has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 526 Kosciuszko Street, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, located two blocks west of the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J train. The new 4,520 square-foot building will rise on a vacant 20-foot-wide lot and will boast full-floor apartment units averaging 1,087 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The same developer is also expanding the adjacent three-story townhouse at 528 Kosciuszko Street. That building will be expanded to 3,692 square feet (a growth of 374 square feet) and will contain three full-floor residential units. Apartments at 528 Kosciuszko will average 1,231 square feet apiece. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
Full renderings have been revealed of the planned three-story, 25,000-square-foot Medical Arts Pavilion at 455 East Bay Drive in Long Beach. That’s in southern Nassau County on Long Island. It will serve as the replacement to the former Long Beach Medical Center complex. In 2012, the 142-bed facility suffered from significant flood damage and was soon abandoned. After years of discussing how to rebuild the facility, LI Herald now reports South Nassau Communities Hospital is moving forward to build an emergency department that will not operate like its full-service hospital predecessor. The pavilion will, however, operate 24 hours a day and will feature standard emergency department capabilities and equipment. The existing complex’s main and west buildings will be gut-renovated and could potentially get a third-floor expansion. The structure will also have to be elevated to 23 feet above sea level to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency height requirements.
Brooklyn-based property owner Solomon Kubitchek has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 81 Starr Street, in western Bushwick, located five blocks from the Central Avenue stop on the M train. The project will total 7,639 square feet and its residential units will average 682 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. There will be two apartments on each floor. Lower Manhattan-based Jeffrey Kamen is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by a single-story warehouse structure. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.