Shutdown plans for the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island were announced yesterday, in what City officials are calling a major step forward in their effort to close the infamous prison complex. The detention center is one of nine on the 413-acre island, with a current capacity of 600 inmates. The stated reason for closing the complex is that the city wants to create a smaller, safer, and more ethical justice system. Rather than dedicating an island to the prison complex, officials hope to build smaller detention facilities around the Five Boroughs, which also opens up the possibility of eventually redeveloping Rikers Island.
While most of Williamsburg’s existing architecture is rather offensive, and some of its recent new developments are not much better, sprinklings of attractive design are gaining tenuous footholds across the neighborhood. One such outpost will be located at 658 Driggs Avenue, and today, YIMBY has a fresh rendering for the project, which is being designed by Morris Adjmi Architects.
Permits have been filed for a four-story mixed-use building with a penthouse at 671 Liberty Avenue, in East New York, Brooklyn. The development will rise three blocks away from the Cleveland Street Subway Station, serviced by the J trains. The Shepherd Avenue Subway Station is seven blocks further, serviced by the A and C trains. Right around the corner is the Sperandeo Brothers Public Playground.
Permits have been filed for nine three-story residential buildings on Purdy Place, in Prince’s Bay, Staten Island. 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 60, 64, 68, and 72 Purdy Place will all become detached units in the predominantly residential neighborhood. Last week, YIMBY reported on five identical permits by the same developer and architect. Combined, this makes for a total of 14 new homes coming to the street.
The wave of new developments rising along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts saw substantial vertical progress in 2017, with towers like The Greenpoint topping-out, and projects like TF Cornerstone’s Hunters Point South high-rises getting fresh renderings. The first days of 2018 are already signaling a continuation of the boom, and today YIMBY has the exclusive reveal for renderings of RedSky Capital’s redevelopment at 18 India Street, on the Greenpoint waterfront, which will yield approximately 650,000 square feet of space.