The stretch of western Astoria that runs next to Hallets Point and south of Astoria Park hasn’t seen much new residential construction, but the development tide has begun to turn in the solidly middle-class neighborhood. A six-story building is coming to 8-29 Astoria Boulevard, mid-block between 8th and 12th streets.
Back in 2003, Sal Faraone helped open the Brooklyn Motor Inn on Hamilton Avenue in industrial Red Hook, above an entrance to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. “‘People come in and say, ‘Is it dangerous, this neighborhood?'” he told the Times. “They don’t know it’s up and coming.” Now Faraone hopes to build another hotel in a forlorn industrial area. He’s filed plans for a four-story inn at 110 South Bridge Street in Richmond Valley, Staten Island.
In April, YIMBY reported on applications for an 11-story, 11-unit residential building at 1402 York Avenue, located between East 74th and 75th streets on the Upper East Side. Now, a rendering has been revealed of the project, via DNAinfo. The units, averaging a spacious 1,926 square feet apiece, surprisingly won’t be condominiums, at least in the beginning. The full-floor rental apartments will be known as “homeownership” units, which means tenants can put their rent payments towards buying their home. Of the 11 residential units, 10 of them will begin by renting at below market-rates. Crest Group is the developer, with Kossar + Garry Architects behind the design.
Jenel Management has filed applications for a 19-story, 195,705-square-foot office building at 540 Fulton Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. The 305-foot-tall project would contain 173,963 square feet of commercial space, a majority of which will be utilized for offices. The ground-floor office lobby will feature a storage room for nine bikes, and the office space will take up floors three through 19. Retail will fill the rest of the cellar, ground, and second floors. Jonathan Marvel’s TriBeCa-based Marvel Architects is the architect of record. The 110-foot-wide, 18,531-square-foot lot was, until recently, occupied by a two-story, 26,000-square-foot commercial-retail building. According to filings, the building was demolished in December of 2015.
Long Island City’s incredible construction boom continues as the Hyatt Place hotel at 27-07 43rd Avenue reaches its final, ninth floor. The 108-room hotel, developed by Prakash Patel with Triborough Construction Service Inc. serving as the general contractor, is among the five new hotels under development in the Queens Plaza/Court Square district. The 59,411-square foot building is designed by Michael Kang Architect. The firm was also behind the design for the seven-story, 162-room Comfort Inn built at 42nd Road and Crescent Street, which, in 2003, became one of Long Island City’s first hotels. Although the spring 2016 completion date indicated on this project’s board is unrealistic, construction seems to be moving at a reasonable pace. Completion in the second half of the year seems probable.