A nonprofit that operates supportive housing wants to expand its facilities in Crown Heights, but it will have to do more work on the plan. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission did not approve plans for the Institute for Community Living’s campus at 839 St. Marks Avenue, on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue in the Crown Heights North Historic District.
The Bluestone Group, a real estate investment firm based near City Hall, plans to build a four-story residential project at 239 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, between Lexington and Greene avenues. They filed new building applications for a six-unit building on the 40-foot-wide lot.
The car company BMW is planning to convert the single-story, 23,000-square-foot warehouse at 29 Norman Avenue, in southern Greenpoint, located five blocks from the Nassau Avenue stop on the G train, into a multi-use commercial building. According to Bedford+Bowery, the property will feature a design studio for MINI (a car brand owned by BMW), a restaurant, creative office space, open public work space, and a gallery. The schedule A also includes an outdoor garden, and the property will reportedly host community events and performances. The conversion is being designed by Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS. The building is being dubbed A/D/O, which stands for Amalgamated Drawing Office, and a targeted completion date has not been revealed.
Back in August of 2014, renderings were revealed of, and excavation work was imminent for, the seven-story, 37-unit residential building under development at 155 Attorney Street, on the Lower East Side. Now, Bowery Boogie reports that the project has topped out and the windows have been installed. The rest of the façade appears to not yet have been installed, going by how the building looks in renderings. The 30,000-square-foot building will likely feature rental apartments, as its residential units should average 811 square feet apiece. There will be five “recreational rooms,” bicycle storage, and a storage room in the cellar. Midtown Equities is the developer. SRA Architecture + Engineering is the latest architect of record with Studio V Architecture having been replaced sometime during construction. Completion is likely later this year.
Back in November of 2015, construction was well underway to restore the two-story, 3,000-square-foot former New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building, also known simply as the Coignet Building, an individual landmark located at 360 Third Avenue, in Gowanus. Since then, construction of the new façade has finished and new windows have been installed. DNAinfo reports the project was also recently awarded the Lucy G. Preservation Moses Award by the New York Landmarks Conversancy. Whole Foods Market restored the exterior of the building and has placed the property on the market for $5 million. It could eventually be used as retail or community facility space, although the interiors still have to be gut-renovated. BL Companies is the applicant of record and Jablonski Building Conservation aided in the design process.