Construction is chugging along on the banks of Newtown Creek in north Brooklyn, where Greenpoint Landing will eventually span 10 acres with 5,000 apartments. YIMBY swung by the megaproject earlier this month and caught up on the progress at three affordable rental buildings: 33 Eagle Street, 21 Commercial Street, and 5 Blue Slip.
Five environmentally-minded projects in Greenpoint received a total $4.25 million in funding last week, according to DNAinfo. One of those projects include the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s planned USS Monitor Park, which was specifically awarded $599,200. To be located at 56 Quay Street on the Bushwick Inlet, the vacant property would be transformed into public green space. The shoreline would be restored and designed to protect against future floods, and a boardwalk would be installed. The Greenpoint Monitor Museum building will eventually be constructed on the same property, adjacent to a neighboring warehouse. AECOM is designing and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is partnered in the project.
An aging brick church building at 120 Java Street in Greenpoint is about to become apartments and gain a few extra stories. Alteration applications were filed Friday to convert the structure to 18 apartments and add two floors to the three-story building.
Brooklyn-based Sand Castle Building has filed applications for a five-story, five-unit residential building at 525 Leonard Street, in southern Greenpoint, a block away from the Nassau Avenue stop on the G train. The structure will measure 5,022 square feet in total, which means units will measure 1,004 square feet apiece. Two units will span across the first two levels, and three full-floor units will take up the remaining upper floors. Midtown South-based Issac & Stern Architects is the architect of record. An existing two-story house must first be demolished.
In mid-2014, Caerus Group acquired the three-story former Eberhard Pencil Factory building at 74 Kent Street, in Greenpoint, for $7.5 million. Now, the developer is converting the landmarked, 17,413 square-foot property into commercial space, according to Commercial Observer. Office space will be located on the second, third, and cellar levels, while retail space will occupy the ground floor. Each floor will feature outdoor space and 6,000 square feet of green space is planned on the roof. Hustvedt Cutler Architects is designing the conversion and completion is expected in the first half of 2016.