Back in 2012, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) secured $16 million in funding to build Pier 42 park, located between FDR Drive and the East River on the Lower East Side. Curbed reports the project has now received more complete financing in the form of $12 million more from the LMDC in addition to $7 million via settlement funds recently distributed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once complete, the public space will include landscaped lawns and gardens, an esplanade, a bike path, playgrounds/play areas, a concession station, and a pavilion. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects is designing. Phase one, which largely focuses on remediating and pedestrianizing the pier, is expected to begin in 2017. A former cargo warehouse must first be demolished.
Alan Becker, doing business as an anonymous Staten Island-based LLC, has filed applications for eight two-story, single-family houses at 134-154 Elizabeth Street and 647-651 Delafield Avenue, in Port Richmond, located on Staten Island’s north shore. The houses will come in various sizes; beginning with the smallest, there will be two that measure 2,183 square feet in total, four that will measure 2,294 square feet, and two that will measure 4,589 square feet. The new homes will include off-street parking and basement levels. Staten Island-based Stanley Krebushevski is the architect of record. The 23,801-square-foot plot of land was subdivided in November. The site was once occupied by the burned-out House of Miracles Church until it was demolished last December.
Xiaying Li, doing business as a Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 2370 West 11th Street, in southern Gravesend, located three blocks from the Bay 50th Street stop on the D train. The new building will measure 5,338 square feet in total and its residential units should average 820 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. The ground floor will host a single apartment along with an enclosed parking space. The next two floors will contain two units apiece and the fourth floor will have a full-floor apartment. Dezhang Fang’s Flushing-based Fang Architect is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide, 4,000-square-foot lot is currently vacant.
Back in October of 2015, news broke that Tavros Development Partners, Charney Construction & Development, and 1 Oak Development were in contract to acquire the Dime Savings Bank assemblage in Williamsburg, located two blocks north of the Marcy Avenue stop on the J/M/Z trains. The $80 million sale has closed, according to Commercial Observer. The development site includes the properties at 263-277 South 5th Street, 262-272 South 4th Street, and 205 Havemeyer Street, and some site are currently occupied by low-rise commercial structures. The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg building, the existing two-story bank at 209 Havemeyer Street, was not part of the deal. The 50,000-square-foot site could accommodate a new 230,500-square-foot mixed-use building, although plans for the site have not been disclosed.
In early 2015, HFZ Capital Group launched sales for the 262-unit condominium conversion of the 25-story, 264-unit rental apartment building at 301 West 53rd Street, in Midtown. The property, built in 1979, is currently undergoing the conversion. The residential units will come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations, and YIMBY can now reveal the project’s 16,000 square feet of amenities. They include a marble-cladded lobby, an outdoor dog park, a landscaped rooftop terrace designed by Terrain, a library, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, and another outdoor terrace on the second floor. The interiors are being designed by BP Architects and the building is being redubbed Fifty Third and Eighth (previously The Metro). The building currently contains 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.