A new residential building is probably coming to a vacant lot on Clermont Avenue, between Lafayette and Green avenues, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Historic District. It just won’t be quite what was proposed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on last Tuesday. The commission did not approve the plan for a three-family, four-story structure at its public hearing.
Park Avenue in Brooklyn begins underneath the elevated, dark Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Clinton Hill and runs east into Bed-Stuy, where it transitions into an odd mix of warehouses, little brick apartment buildings, and aging 19th century wood frame houses. Much of the avenue was originally developed for workers at the Navy Yard, which sits a block away, but Orthodox Jews have settled the area over the last few decades. And now, even the once-desolate industrial blocks just east of the highway are becoming populated with new residential buildings. Yesterday, applications were filed for a five-story building there at 446 Park Avenue, between Kent and Franklin Avenues.
Cornell Realty Management is planning to build a four-story, 35,000 square-foot retail project at 257-263 West 34th Street, in the Garment District, according to Crain’s New York Business. According to The Real Deal, which reported on the assemblage last month, Chetrit Group and Cornell Realty acquired the three-story retail building at 261-263 West 34th Street together last March for an undisclosed amount. 259 West 34th Street was also recently acquired for $20.5 million. Chetrit and Cornell have since cut their partnership and, through a deal, have split their properties into separate ownerships. Cornell’s retail project will be clad in glass and construction is expected to begin sometime this year. A total of three small retail buildings must first be demolished.
Over the summer summer, YIMBY partially revealed renderings for the planned 25-story, 115-unit residential building at 565 Broome Street (a.k.a 100 Varick Street), in Hudson Square. The developers have now secured a $320 million construction loan for the project, according to Crain’s, and Cindat (the U.S. branch of Beijing-based China Cinda Asset Management Co.) also acquired a $135 million stake in the project. The development team – SHVO, Bizzi & Partners Development, Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Aronov Development, and Itzhaki Acquisitions – recently acquired the two-story annex at 555 Broome for $9 million, completing the assemblage.
Last October, YIMBY brought you news that Anup Misra, head of East & Hudson Real Estate, is developing a six-story, 71-unit mixed-use building at 165 Huguenot Street, in downtown New Rochelle. Now, the Daily Voice has a rendering of the project, dubbed the Print House. The 64,000- square-foot building will feature studio, one-, and two-bedroom rental apartments, measuring between 500 and 975 square feet apiece. There will also be 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency recently approved a 12-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) structure for the project, which is a tax incentive. An existing two-story commercial building must first be demolished. Construction is expected to begin this spring, with completion scheduled in 2017. Magnusson Architecture & Planning is behind the design.