Flushing-based Y.S.A. 91 Development Corporation has filed applications for a four-story, three-unit residential building at 653 Maple Street, on the northern end of East Flatbush, seven blocks from the Sterling Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The project will measure 6,050 square feet in total and contain 4,840 square feet of residential space. There will be one unit each on the ground and second floors, and one unit spanning the entire third and fourth floors. Given the spacious layouts, condominiums are most likely in the works. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. The existing single-story home was filed for demolition this back in September.
In 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission twice rejected redevelopment plans for the long-vacant five-story residential building at 721 St. Nicholas Avenue, located on the corner of West 146th Street in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The property sits within the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District, which means building alterations require LPC approval. Harlem+Bespoke now reports a gut-renovation, without the expansion, is underway to transform the building into retail space and four residential units. Retail will measure 2,048 square feet on the ground floor, and full-floor units will average 1,278 square feet apiece. There will also be recreational space on the rooftop. Alexander Perros, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is developing, and MK Architecture is the architect of record. Completion is anticipated for this summer.
Last September, glass installation was well underway at Columbia University’s 15-story, 107,299 square-foot Medical College Graduate & Education Building at 104 Haven Avenue, in Washington Heights. The 196-foot-tall structure is now fully clad, seen in recent photos by Tectonic. When the building opens later this year, it will contain mostly academic classrooms and facilities, but will also feature an auditorium, a café, and lounge/study space. Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the building, which is attempting to achieve LEED Gold certification, according to Curbed. Gensler Architects served as the architect of record.
YIMBY brought you new renderings last year of the planned 11-story, 11-unit residential building at 251 West 14th Street, in southern Chelsea, and now the site has changed hands. Commercial Observer reports Italy-based Pizzarotti IBC has acquired the property for $23 million, but plans to go ahead with what the previous developer, B+B Capital, had in mind. The project will measure 23,470 square feet in its entirety and is being designed by ODA Architecture. Its full-floor condominium units will measure between 1,700 and 2,500 square feet. Last December, building permits for the project were approved and demolition permits were filed for the existing four-story residential building.
The 40-story, 850,000 square-foot office building at 437 Madison Avenue, located between East 49th and 50th streets in Midtown, is currently receiving $60 million in upgrades and renovations, according to Real Estate Weekly. The outdoor plaza and the building’s lobby are being redesigned, building infrastructure is being upgraded, and new amenities are being constructed, including a 15th-floor sky lounge, garden terrace conference rooms, an arcade, and a yoga room. Construction began two years ago and completion is expected early this year. The Emery Roth & Sons-designed building was completed in 1967 and the William Kaufman Organization has owned it ever since. Fogarty Finger is designing the renovation. Medallion Financial Corp. recently extended their 18,650 square-foot lease in the building.