John Quadrozzi Jr., owner of the Gowanus Bay Terminal, at 699 Columbia Street in Red Hook, is proposing to sail the deteriorating 990-foot-long S.S. United States to his dock and transform the ship into office space and entertainment facilities, according to The Brooklyn Paper. The vessel has 12 decks and roughly 500,000 square feet of usable floor space, and would be self-sustaining, energy-wise, using solar, wind, and waste energy. The project could cost as much as $200 million, and Quadrozzi is currently in discussions with developers, investors, and government officials.
One of the last big development sites in central Crown Heights is a Rite Aid at 1040 St Johns Place, between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues. Now new building applications have been filed to erect a seven-story building on the big property, which is currently a Rite Aid.
Brooklyn-based YS Realty has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings at 124-130 Harrison Avenue, in southern Williamsburg, two blocks from stops on the G train or the J/M trains to the north and east, respectively. Each building will measure 7,120 square feet, which means units will average 890 square feet. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the architect of record, and the site’s single-story predecessor was demolished back in 2005.
Ken Cheung, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, four-unit residential buildings at 94-66 – 94-68 45th Avenue, in Corona, located seven blocks south of the 7 train’s stop at Junction Boulevard. Each building will measure 6,520 square feet, which means full-floor units will average a relatively spacious 1,630 square feet, indicative of condos. An Shen Ma’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record, and the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished in 2008.
Rey Nieto, head of a Queens-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 164-11 Highland Avenue, in Jamaica Hills, six blocks from the E and F trains’ stop at Parsons Boulevard. The building will measure 12,427 square feet in total, which includes a 3,094 square-foot community facility on the basement level. Residential units above will average 933 square feet. Fei Zeng’s Flushing-based Z&T Engineering is the applicant of record, and demolition on an existing two-story home began earlier this month.