City blocks on the fringes between Queens and Brooklyn tend to be densely built out with low-rise, pre-war housing stock, leaving few empty lots for ground-up development. One such lot at 55-35 Metropolitan Avenue, which separates the neighborhoods of Ridgewood to the south and Maspeth to the north, has sat empty for more than half a century. The new rowhouse, developed by Shaoyun Chen, stands three stories tall, its plain cornice rising slightly above its neighbors. Permits list two residential units taking up 2,396 square feet of the 5,643-square-foot structure. A 1,623-square-foot retail space is located at the lower floor. Though the retail space would be the only one of its kind on the wholly-residential block, it is not out of place, given that most buildings on the other side of the street have ground level retail, as well. The building occupies 60 percent of its site, leaving space for a 35-foot yard in the rear.
Hornig Capital Partners and The Brickman Group have acquired, for $10 million, the three-story, 67,236-square-foot industrial building at 1519 Decatur Street (a.k.a. 1085 Irving Avenue), in Ridgewood, located four blocks from the Halsey Street stop on the L train. The new owners plan to convert the property into modern commercial space, according to Real Estate Weekly. It’s not known what specific commercial tenants the building will be geared to, but the space will be flexibly divisible. The gut-renovation will cost roughly $6 million and financing has already been secured. The structure was built in 1929 and contains large floor plates.
Property owner Jian Le Huang has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 1821 Grove Street, in Ridgewood, located four blocks from the Seneca Avenue stop on the M train. The structure will measure 5,000 square feet, which means its residential units should average 704 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor on the ground through third floors, followed by a single unit on the fourth floor. A laundry room will be located in the building. Queens-based Julien Flander is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide site is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in January.
In October of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a five-story, 130-unit residential building at 1873 Starr Street, in western Ridgewood, located five blocks from the Jefferson Street stop on the L train. Now, Slate Property Group has sold the development site to Valyrian Capital and MGM Property Group for $18.5 million, according to Real Estate Weekly. The new owners plan to move forward with the approved project, which measures 141,929 square feet in total and will include 5,009 square feet of ground-floor retail space along with 3,000 square feet of community facility space. The apartment units should average 650 square feet apiece, with 45 of them to be rented at below-market rates. Amenities include a gym, a roof deck, a laundry room, and a garage for 64 bikes and 65 cars. Aufgang Architects is designing the building.
The Bushwick residential boom is quickly spreading north into Ridgewood, and today YIMBY has a look at a small project under construction just over the border between Brooklyn and Queens, at 1728 Himrod Street.