What is Brooklyn? For many, the borough is associated with new buildings populated with young professionals fleeing Manhattan, where the cost of living rises as high as the skyscrapers. Some prefer to dismiss them as silver-spoon suburban transplants wishing to emulate some fantasy starving artist lifestyle, which they would assert is long-gone from the borough. Others would disagree, pointing at the “authentic Bohemians” living in rundown, graffiti-covered, and sometimes illegally-run lofts on the fringes of industrial districts, not yet touched by true gentrification. In contrast to another stereotype, which presumes that manufacturing has also left the borough, these pockets of industry still teem with activity, whether in dusty cement-mixing lots, in auto shops that clog the sidewalks in front of them with rides-in-progress, or in manufacturing plants where they are rightfully entitled to slap a “Made in Brooklyn” label onto their wares.
Queens-based Southern Plaza Corp. has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 1462 Southern Boulevard, in the West Bronx’s Longwood section. The structure will measure 5,300 square feet and its residential units should average 662.5 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments on each floor. Russell A. Dance’s South Ozone Park-based RLD3 Engineering is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,075-square-foot property is currently vacant. It’s predecessor, a three-story structure was demolished back in 2005 by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The Freeman Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains is two blocks to the south.
Queens-based property owner Choi Yui Chan has filed applications for a four-story, nine-unit mixed-use building at 37-15 103rd Street, in North Corona. The structure will measure 13,500 square feet. The ground floor and cellar level will host 3,402 square feet of retail space, followed by three units per floor on the second through fourth. The residential units should average 820 square feet apiece, which means rental apartments are likely in the works. Smaller condominiums are also a possibility, especially if the developer is catering to the Chinese. Robert H. Lin’s Flushing-based A&T Engineering is the applicant of record. Earlier this year, the developer filed plans for two separate four-story, four-unit buildings, but they were later disapproved. The 5,000-square-foot assemblage consists of two townhouses. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The site is two blocks north of the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train.
Property owner Shahin Badaly, doing business as an anonymous Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based LLC, has filed application for a four-story, 10-unit residential building at 1072 University Avenue, in Highbridge. The structure will measure 6,452 square feet, which means its residential units should average 645 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two to three per floor. Mount Vernon-based SJBP Consulting Engineers is the applicant of record. The 27-foot-wide, 2,673-square-foot property is currently vacant. The site is located eight blocks from the 167th Street on the 4 train.
Since last fall, when façade work was wrapping up, construction on the 11-story, 106-unit residential building at 456 Washington Street, located on the corner of Watts Street in TriBeCa, has finished. The new building encompasses 186,054 square feet and is home to 106 luxury rental apartments, 22 of which will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. The apartments, averaging 1,330 square feet apiece, range from studios to five-bedrooms.