Queens-based property owner Robert Ustayev has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 64-60 Austin Street, in Rego Park. The structure will measure 6,221 square feet and its residential units should average 1,244 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The project will feature a townhouse-style apartment across the ground and second floors, followed by a single apartment on the third floor, and two units on the fourth floor. Robert Bahary’s Great Neck-based Bahary Architecture is the architect of record. The 19-foot-wide, 1,914-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story brick house. The 63rd Drive-Rego Park stop on the M and R trains is five blocks away.
Zhen Wei Guo has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 750 52nd Street, in Sunset Park. The project will measure 3,985 square feet and will include 1,239 square feet of medical offices on the ground and cellar levels. On the floors above, there will be one residential unit on the second floor, followed by another unit across the third and fourth floors. The units should average a spacious 1,373 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized apartments. Ying H. Li’s Brooklyn-based City Building NY Architect is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,003-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not been filed. The site is located four blocks from the 53rd Street stop on the R train.
Construction is now two stories above street level at 15 Lafayette Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn, where a 12-story, 123-unit mixed-use building is under development. The progress on construction can bee seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. The structure will eventually measure 120,093 square feet. There will be 21,000 square feet of cultural community space across parts of the cellar through second floors, with both the Center for Fiction and the Mark Morris Dance Group as tenants. The residential units, which will be rental apartments and begin on the third floor, should average 678 square feet apiece. Forty-nine of the apartments (40 percent) will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include laundry facilities, storage for 62 bikes, two tenant lounges, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. The ground floor will also feature 2,622 square feet of retail space. Jonathan Rose Companies is the developer, while Dattner Architects is behind the design. Crews broke ground on the project in September of 2015, and completion can likely be expected in 2017.
Last week, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) launched a request for proposals (RFP) for a development team to build a 300-mixed-income-unit, mixed-use tower on the grounds of the Holmes Towers public housing complex, at 1780 First Avenue in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. Holmes Towers – the only public housing on the UES – is the two-building, 25-story complex with 540 rental apartments located on the corner of First Avenue. Requirements for the RFP include incorporating at least 5,000 square feet of space for a community center, replacing the playground that the new tower will be built on (which is located mid-block), and adding trees and landscaping to the property, DNAinfo reported. The new tower will likely designate 50 percent of its apartments as affordable housing, while the rest will rent at market rates. Proposals are due September 30, the same time proposals are due for the 500-mixed-income-unit addition to the Wychoff Gardens housing complex in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
For years, YIMBY has been reporting on plans for a high-rise residential tower at 118 Fulton Street, between Nassau and Dutch streets in the Financial District. No building exists yet, but the design has apparently changed again, per on-site renderings posted to the YIMBY Forums.