In February, news broke that the two-story, 22,254-square-foot commercial building at 44-16 23rd Street, in the Court Square section of Long Island City, was going to be transformed into retail space. The Hakimian Organization, which is ground-leasing the property for 99 years from its property owner, is now conducting gut-renovations on it, The Court Square Blog reported. Plywood fencing currently surrounds the structure, which is will receive both interior and exterior upgrades. The windows on both the ground and second floors will be restored to their original sizes, after they were reduced in size following a previous alteration. JRT Realty, who is the leasing agent, is considering securing a restaurant, retailer, gym, an office tenant, or a mix of the those. Woodside-based Topos Design is the architect of record. Completion can probably be expected later this year.
Back in July of 2015, six four-story, single-family townhouses – located at 51-59 South 4th Street, in Williamsburg, two blocks in from the East River – were two stories above street level and rising. Now, the project, dubbed the Townhouses of Wythe Lane, have topped out and are nearing completion, Brownstoner reports. Four of the townhouses will measure 3,714 square feet each, one will measure 4,088 square feet, and the last will encompass 4,471 square feet. Each residence will feature private underground parking and over 1,000 square feet of private outdoor rooftop space. KUB Capital is both developing and designing in-house, with SZ Projects aiding in the design process. Occupancy can likely be expected within the next few months.
Property owner Junghyun Park has filed applications for a two-story, 5,077-square-foot, multi-use commercial project at 162-31 Depot Road, in Queens’s Murray Hill, located right across from the Broadway station on the Long Island Rail Road. The new building will contain 1,720 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels, in addition to 1,692 square feet of medical offices on a first-floor mezzanine level and the second floor. Duk Gyoo Lee’s Flushing-based TL Engineering is the applicant of record. The 24-foot-wide, 1,816-square-foot site is has long sat vacant.
In July of 2014, FBS Realty, doing business as Jackson Heights-based Manhasset Homes USA, filed applications for a seven-story, 22-unit mixed-use building at 525 Myrtle Avenue, in northern Clinton Hill, located six blocks from the Clinton-Washington Avs stop on the G train. The 26,688-square-foot structure has now topped out, according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. The ground floor will feature 2,143 square feet of retail space – to be sold as a single retail condo – and a 512-square-foot doctors office. The residential units, which begin on the second floor, should average 777 square feet apiece. Jamaica-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. Completion can be expected closer to 2017.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s backlog, which had been reduced from 95 items to 30 items in February, has taken another big step towards being cleared. On Tuesday, the LPC designated eight new city individual landmarks, and they span all five boroughs.