Back in December of 2015, Alloy Development proposed to build two 104,000-square-foot office buildings, along with 138,000 square feet of public park space, at 234 Butler Street and 242 Back in December of 2015, Alloy Development and the property owners of 234 Butler Street and 242 Nevins Street proposed to build two 104,000-square-foot office buildings and, along with a 50,000 square-foot public park, in northern Gowanus. The proposal aimed to convince two city agencies, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Parks Department, to build two underground sewage tanks mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency under Thomas Greene Park—instead of seizing, through eminent domain, the properties currently ground-leased by Alloy. The EPA has been pushing to install the tanks beneath the park, because it’s already owned by the city and will need to be excavated eventually to clean up contaminants.
In March, details were revealed of the proposed rezoning of Industry City – a six-million-square-foot industrial-commercial complex – located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood and Sunset Park. The developers – Jamestown Properties, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon – are now moving forward with a piece of the overall redevelopment that is independent of the rezoning. Building 19, at 168 39th Street (a.k.a. 148 39th Street), on the corner of Second Avenue, is going to be converted into 500,000 square feet of office space, according to Commercial Observer. The office space will be located across the first seven floors of the building. The conversion will feature a new lobby, new windows, and upgrades to infrastructure and equipment, like the installation of modern elevators. The Brooklyn Nets recently completed their new 70,000 square-foot training facility, called the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center, on the eighth floor of the building.
Eyal Ovadia, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 762 Marcy Avenue, in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, located four blocks from the Bedford-Nostrand Avs. stop on the G train. The structure will measure 6,925 square feet and its residential units should average 713 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. There will be two units per floor on the ground through third floors, and a single unit on the fourth. Queens-based Gerald J. Caliendo is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in March to remove the 25-foot-wide site’s two-story townhouse.
Brooklyn-based Abraham Wieder has filed applications for a six-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 5601 13th Avenue, located on the corner of 56th Street in southern Borough Park, two blocks from the 55th Street stop on the D train. The structure will encompass 18,366 square feet, with 2,352 square feet to be used for retail space on the ground floor. An additional 2,962 square feet on the second floor will be for a community facility, and the residential units on floors three through six should average 1,116 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized apartments. Brooklyn-based Asher Hershkowitz is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in February for the site’s existing two-story brick house.
Tomer Erlich, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 10-unit residential building at 511 Lafayette Avenue, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant, located around the corner from the Bedford-Nostrand Avs. stop on the G train. The structure will measure 11,484 square feet and its residential units should average 789 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Each floor will host two apartments, although the bottom two units will feature additional space in the cellar, and one of the fourth-floor units will include space in an upper penthouse level. Robert Bianchini’s Forest Hills-based ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide site’s former three-story building was demolished earlier this year.