It was in January that YIMBY last brought you an update on the eight-story, 106-unit residential project under construction at 608 Franklin Avenue (a.k.a. 1036 Dean Street), in northwestern Crown Heights, located five blocks from the Franklin Avenue stop on the C train and Franklin Avenue Shuttle. At the time, the structure was four stories above street level, but it has since topped out and is now receiving its windows, as seen in a photo by Tectonic. The structure will measure 125,350 square feet and its residential units should average 693 square feet apiece. Rental apartments are in the works, and configurations will include studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. Twenty-four of the apartments will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a 56-car parking garage on the cellar and ground floors, storage for 63 bikes, a lounge, a fitness center, an common outdoor area on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. Yoel Goldman’s Brooklyn GC is the developer, with ODA New York is behind the design. Occupancy can probably be expected by the end of the year.
In April, news broke that Istanbul-based Gulaylar Group entered into contract to acquire the entire 90,000-square-foot office portion of the 20-story, 115,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 685 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of East 54th Street in Midtown. The deal includes the development rights to vertically expand the building by five stories. Those air rights were made available after property owners General Growth Properties and Thor Equities repositioned the building’s three stories of retail space, which now measures 23,400 square feet and is being made into Coach’s flagship store. Now, Gulaylar has disclosed plans to convert the office portion they are buying, along with the future expansion, into a 90-key boutique hotel, The Real Deal Reports. Five hotel chains, including Oetker Collection, AccorHotels, and LVMH’s Cheval Blanc, are currently in negotiations with the developer. The building’s remaining office tenant is moving out in August. Walter Marin’s Midtown-based Marin Architects is the architect of record for the expansion.
New construction rarely arrives in Hudson Heights, the idyllic, northwestern section of Washington Heights that borders Fort Tryon Park and Inwood. But today, YIMBY has a look at three attached townhouses headed for 203-207 Cabrini Boulevard, on a lot over looking the Hudson River and Fort Washington Park.
A proposal to construct a new two-unit residential building on a vacant Brooklyn lot hit a brick wall at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, both the members of the commission and the public rejected the proposal for 39 South Elliott Place, located between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues in the Fort Greene Historic District.
The neighborhoods north of Bronx Park remain bastions of small, market-rate development. Many of the builders are Albanian and based nearby in Morris Park, an East Bronx enclave populated by Albanians, Latinos, and Italians. One of those projects was filed yesterday at 3365 Cruger Avenue in Allerton, a mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood in the northeastern part of the borough.