One of the more controversial items in the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 95-item backlog is the Douglaston Historic District Extension in Queens. The proposal got a public hearing on Thursday – the first since 2008. While advocates are supporting the designation, many homeowners are tired of being left in limbo and are against it.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has begun its public hearings for dealing with its backlog of items proposed for designation. It started on Thursday with the items in the Bronx. Among them was the Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its convent and priests’ residence located, respectively, at 378 East 151st Street and 375-395 East 150th Street. While advocates support designating the campus as an individual landmark, the church itself says it wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Early last summer, excavation kicked off at 41-21 28th Street, in Long Island City, where a 16-story, 166-unit mixed-use building is planned; YIMBY revealed renderings shortly afterwards. Today, foundation work is complete, and the structure is now rising above street level, according to The Court Square Blog. The building will include a small 675 square-foot retail space on the ground floor, and units will average 763 square feet. All Year Management is developing, Karl Fischer is designing, and completion is scheduled for late 2016.
Towards the end of August, the New York Times provided an update on Flushing Commons, a 1.8-million square-foot mixed-use development underway in downtown Flushing, and now Commercial Observer has the latest news on the project. The first phase includes an 11-story, 164,000 square-foot office building at 38-18 Union Street, and steel is now at the third floor above street level, with the structure expected to be complete by November 2016. F&T Group, The Rockefeller Group and AECOM Capital are developing, and Perkins Eastman is designing.
Andy Pitsillos, of Brooklyn-based FLFB Realty, has filed applications for a five-story, 14-unit residential building at 213 20th Street, in South Slope, four blocks away from the Prospect Avenue stop on the R train. The building will total 10,000 square feet, which means units will average a rental-sized 714 square feet. John Haskopoulos’ Borough Park-based SHV Designs is the applicant of record, and permits were filed in July to demolish two existing homes.