The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) has held meetings with community members of Edgemere, Queens, in an effort to revive the significantly disinvested and Hurricane Sandy-ravaged area. Edgemere is the neighborhood located between Beach 35th Street and Beach 50th Street, in the Rockaways. HDP has drafted a wish list for the neighborhood, which includes a bird sanctuary, playgrounds/park spaces, and retail corridors, according to the Wall Street Journal. The entire area is also in a flood zone, and both the city, who owns many vacant lots in the neighborhood, and home owners share the same concern for flood protection measures. Proposals for the area, which could include a rezoning that supports mixed-use corridors, densification, and/or affordable housing, are expected to be released this summer. The area is large and suburban in nature and benefits from stops on the A train at Beach 36th and Beach 44th streets.
Shimon Kaufman, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 836 Monroe Street, in Ocean Hill, located two blocks from the Gates Avenue stop on the J/Z train. The structure will measure 6,749 square feet and its residential units should average 714 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two units each floor on the ground and second levels, followed by two units spanning across the third floor and a mezzanine level, and a single unit on the fourth floor. Boaz Golani’s Brooklyn-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record. An existing three-story townhouse must first be demolished.
Bronx-based property owner Himat Singh has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings at 643-647 Sheffield Avenue, in the New Lots section of East New York, located three blocks south of the Pennsylvania Av station on the 4 train. Each building will measure 7,571 square feet, and, across both buildings, the residential units should average 749 square feet apiece. Amenities include private storage space and a laundry in the cellar. Pirooz Soltanizadeh’s Jamaica-based Royal Engineering is the applicant of record. The 60-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story wood-frame house. Demolition permits were filed for it last October.
Brooklyn-based property owner Yong Lin has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 2173 65th Street, in Mapleton, located three blocks from the Bay Parkway stop on the N train. The structure will measure 4,417 square feet, and will include an 871-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. The residential units above should average a rental-sized 591 square feet apiece, and amenities will include a laundry located in the cellar. Benjamin B. Lam’s Queens-based Lam & Lam Engineering is the applicant of record. The 24-foot-wide, 2,400-square-foot lot is currently vacant. The site’s predecessor, a two-story house, was demolished back in 2006.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission, on Tuesday, issued a decision that paves the way for construction of Brooklyn’s new tallest tower, which will be located at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, on the same block as Junior’s.