Just last week, a rendering was revealed of the planned eight-story condominium project coming to 137 Fourth Avenue (a.k.a. 334 Butler Street), in northern Park Slope. Now, official new building applications have been filed with the Building Department. The development will measure 18,106 square feet and will contain 1,385 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground floor. Thirteen residential units will be located on the second through eighth floors, average 967 square feet apiece. Two duplex penthouses will occupy the seventh and eighth floors. Amenities include private residential storage, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Arbie Development is the developer and ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect. A three-story townhouse must first be demolished. Completion is expected in 2018.
The monolithic former Verizon building at 375 Pearl Street is finally getting an upgrade. The 32-story telephone switching building is still outfitted with tiny, three-foot-wide windows, but big pieces of the upper floors have been removed and replaced with glass.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission was unimpressed with a proposal to expand the home at 83 Horatio Street, in the West Village.
Much of upper Harlem is populated by aging apartment buildings, historic row houses, and huge public housing projects. But a few large development sites still exist in the neighborhood—usually car washes, gas stations, and other remnants of our more car-dependent past. Over the weekend, plans were filed to build a sizable apartment building at 2600 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (a.k.a. Seventh Avenue), a former car wash that sits a block from the Harlem River and close to the border with Washington Heights.
Property owner Spencer Wong, doing business as an anonymous Little Italy-based LLC, is currently transforming the former two-building, 300-key LaGuardia Airport Hotel — located at 100-33 Ditmars Boulevard, in East Elmhurst — into a nine-story, 93-key IBIS Styles Hotel and a seven-story, 148-key Aloft Hotel. Interstate Hotels & Resorts will manage the IBIS, DNAinfo reported. The nine-story IBIS will measure roughly 49,000 square feet while the seven-story Aloft will measure about 89,000 square feet. The latest building permits show that guest amenities at the IBIS will include a breakfast dining area, a luggage room, and storage for four bikes. Filings haven’t yet been filed for the seven-story building getting the Aloft. Peter Poon’s SoHo-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The property was acquired for $20.5 million in February of 2014. Completion is expected in 2017.