A six-story residential building has topped out at 11-07 Welling Court in western Astoria, in the middle of one of New York City’s most important street art and graffiti destinations.
Back in August of 2015, news broke that the city was moving forward with plans to develop affordable housing at the Elizabeth Street Garden, located at 211 Elizabeth Street (a.k.a. 21 Spring Street), in NoLIta. Now, Curbed NY reports the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is envisioning a seven-story, 60-to-75-unit residential building with retail space. The building would take up roughly 15,000 square feet on the 20,265 square-foot lot, and the units, which would be geared towards seniors, will average between 800 and 900 square feet apiece. The city plans to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the spring and a developer will hopefully be selected by the end of the year. At that point, the project would require approval via the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Construction is tentatively expected to begin in 2018 for completion in 2020.
Over the summer, YIMBY reported on filings for an eight-story mixed-use building at 98-02 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, and now DNAinfo has the latest information on the project, which will have 60 rental apartments. The new building will encompass 75,000 square feet and will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Retail will span the entire ground floor and 7,000 square feet of community space will be located on the first level. The residential units on the top seven floors will average 657 square feet apiece. George Baharestani’s Bahar Corporation is developing, and Forest Hills-based Peter Casini is the architect of record. The existing single-story retail building will be demolished in the spring once the remaining tenants have vacant the property. Demolition permits were filed last October. Completion is expected in the second half of 2017.
In 2013, Chetrit Group acquired the 14-story, 200,000-square-foot former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building at 49-51 Chambers Street, in Civic Center, for $89 million with plans for a residential conversion. The office building, an individual landmark, was constructed in 1912 and designed by Raymond F. Almirall, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve any alterations. The conversion project will include 81 condominiums, according to plans filed with the Attorney General’s office, The Real Deal reports. The units will come in one- to four-bedroom configurations and is expected to have a sellout of $334 million. Accordingt to filings, there will be 215,711 square feet of residential space, so units will average 2,663 square feet apiece. Ground-floor retail is also part of the plan. Woods Bagot is the architect of record.
Since late 2014, Isreal Gold has filed applications to turn the four-story, four-unit townhouse at 801 Driggs Avenue, on the western end of Williamsburg, into a five-story, eight-unit building. The original structure was completed in 1910, and the latest plans would expand the structure horizontally in the back and vertically by one story. In the end, residential space will total 6,078 square feet, which means units will average 760 square feet, indicative of rentals. Brooklyn-based John Schimenti is the architect of record. The building is located four blocks from the Marcy Avenue stop on the J, M, and Z trains.