The number of parking lots remaining in Midtown West continues to dwindle, and now, applications have been filed for 350 West 45th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, where yet another is about to bite the dust for a new development. Applications filed with the DOB show that the replacement seven-story structure will have a residential area measuring 20,600 square feet, which will be divided amongst 31 apartments, for an average size of a bit over 650 square feet each. That means rentals are exceedingly likely. Daniel Bernstein of Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is the architect of record, and David Schwartz, of 344 West 45th Street Corp., is listed as the developer.
The first new building applications have been filed for a site currently occupied by a warehouse at 280 Bond Street, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The developer is “Gowanus by Design”, a non-profit company whose mission is to construct sustainable developments to quell concerns in the neighborhood about contamination from the Gowanus Canal. The four-story and 50-foot-tall structure will total 33,713 square feet of residential space, and contain fourteen units, likely condominiums, which will average over 2,400 square feet apiece. There will be ten duplexes, with four between the first floor and mezzanine, and six between the second and third floors. Plans include parking spaces for 21 cars, as well as room for 13 bikes and storage for four of the residential units in the cellar space. Atelier New York is responsible for the design, and demolition permits for the warehouse were pulled back in March.
New York City’s real estate industry has seen several new phenomena over the past decade, with the rise of the supertalls perhaps the most visible on the overall skyline. But across neighborhoods like the Garment District, Chelsea, and the peripheral fringes of Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn, the hospitality boom has been the most notable happening, with parking garages and warehouses rapidly disappearing in favor of new hotels. Now, City Planning hopes to put a damper on the rush, with a proposed zoning amendment that would force any new hotels in M-1 zones to go through a special permitting process.
New development is an infrequent occurrence in the East 20s, but from 121 East 22nd Street through to 122 East 23rd Street, Toll Brothers City Living is almost finished on their latest project, designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. Tectonic stopped by the site for an update, and the latest progress shots show that the smaller of the two buildings is almost ready for its opening day.
Kew Gardens is in for an attractive new development, with building applications filed for 83-61 116th Street, just off the intersection of Curzon Road. The site also includes the neighboring lot at 116-02 Curzon Road, which puts the project directly on the intersection with 116th Street, giving the assemblage a unique form that the architects have used to their advantage.