When Robert Moses built the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in the 1950s, he pushed the area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge approaches even further into isolation, hemming it in on all sides with highways. But OTL Enterprises managed to snag a large and favorably zoned parcel at 22 Chapel Street, just off Flatbush Avenue Extension. Now they’ve filed plans to erect a 20-story, mixed-use building on the lot, which is bounded on the other two sides by Cathedral Place and Jay Street.
As May came to an end, the New York City Fire Department was investigating the fire that gutted the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, an individual landmark at 15 West 25th Street in the Flatiron District. Authorities and engineers were studying the structural integrity of the remains, and have now declared the church “too unstable to be left standing,” the New York Post reported. That means the main house of worship will be demolished. The rectory portion of the cathedral, which was unscathed during the fire, currently also has Landmarks protection, which should mean it won’t be demolished with the main structure. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has the option to de-designate the property, too, but we think, at the very least, the LPC will want to keep the rectory a landmark. The Executive Board of St. Sava will now decide if they will rebuild on the property or relocate. The site has 244,450 square feet of mixed-use development rights, minus the usable square-footage of the rectory.
Much of North Brooklyn’s manufacturing zone has become prime real estate for hotel developers, but the blocks where eastern Greenpoint bleeds into Williamsburg have remained stubbornly industrial, filled with factories, building supply companies, and the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Now, we’ve spotted plans to build a commercial project that will fit in perfectly in a heavy industrial zone.
YIMBY last brought you an update on the 30-story, 83-unit mixed-use building under development at 200 East 95th Street, at the corner of Third Avenue on the Upper East Side, when rebar was rising from the foundation in March. Now, the structure is four stories above street level and quickly rising, as seen in a photo by Tectonic via the YIMBY Forums. The 317,664-square-foot tower, dubbed The Kent, will eventually stand 367 feet above street level. It will feature 13,225 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels. The apartments, which will be condominiums ranging from two- to five-bedrooms, should average roughly 3,000 square feet apiece. A list of residential amenities can be found in our last report. Extell Development is the developer, while Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the design. Completion is expected sometime in 2017.
Brooklyn-based development and design firm Barrett Design is seeking to obtain approval from the Department of Buildings to build two three-story, single-family townhouses at 96-98 Degraw Street, in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, located 12 blocks from the Bergen Street stop on the F and G trains. Each will measure 3,100 square feet and will contain a two-car parking garage on the ground floor. Both will also sport rooftop terraces. The townhouses will rise on a vacant 35-foot-wide, 3,500-square-foot lot currently being used as a parking lot. The property is currently located within a manufacturing district, which may be the reason the new buildings applications haven’t been approved.