Fresh Meadows-based Forest Bird Realty, headed by Fei Tian Huang, has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 61-15 – 61-17 168th Street, in the Queens neighborhood of Utopia, located immeadiately south of the Long Island Expressway. Each will measure 3,542 square feet, and across both, the full-floor residential units should average 1,261 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. The project will have a total of two off-street parking spots. Edward C. Lui’s Little Neck-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot plot is currently occupied by a two-story brick townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in January.
Property owner Samuel Landau has filed applications for a four-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 1455 51st Street, in the heart of Borough Park, located three blocks from the 50th Street stop on the D train. The structure will measure 8,132 square feet, and will include a 2,732-square-foot religious organization on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units above should average 1,080 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized apartments. Nanuet, N.Y.-based Thomas Kenneth is the applicant of record. The 30-foot-wide, 3,005-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in January.
Property owner Pushpinder Verma has filed applications for a two-story, 7,500-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 13-19 37th Avenue, in the Ravenswood section of Long Island City. The project will feature retail on the ground floor and medical offices on the second floor. There will be 5,000 square feet of commercial space, which means each component of the building should average 2,500 square feet. Rajendra Parikh’s Hudson Square-based Metropolitan Building Consulting Group is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot, located on the corner of 14th Street, is currently vacant. The site’s last occupant, a single-story commercial structure was demolished back in 2005.
Back in July of 2014, YIMBY revealed an initial rendering of the planned seven-story, 17-unit all-affordable residential building at 424 West 55th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen. At the time, we reported that excavation was underway at the site. The 21,339-square-foot building has since been entirely constructed and applications for the apartments are now available, according to DNAinfo. The rental apartments should average 1,082 square feet apiece and will range from studio to three-bedroom configurations. Amenities will include storage for nine bicycles, laundry facilities, and an outdoor recreational area behind the building on the ground floor. Arker Companies is the developer and Aufgang Architects is behind the design. Occupancy is expected this summer.
Back in April, new details were revealed of the 25-story, 714-unit mixed-use building under development at 300 Livingston Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, the project has risen above street level, as seen in photos by Tectonic, which were taken a back in May. As previously reported, the building will eventually encompass 734,312 square feet. It will feature 55,000 square feet of retail on the ground and cellar levels, followed by residential space beginning on the second floor. The apartments should average 790 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments, and 143 of them (20 percent) will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a 128-car underground parking garage, laundry facilities, a yoga room, storage for 357 bikes, a pet grooming room, an outdoor terrace on the second floor (likely a courtyard), and a children’s playroom. TF Cornerstone is the developer, while Handel Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.