The vacant lots that remind Crown Heights of its worst years are slowly giving way to development. On the western edge of the neighborhood, in a lot next to the Franklin Avenue shuttle tracks, a new six-story building is in the works. The development would rise at 916 Bergen Street, between Franklin and Classon Avenues.
The 16-story, 522-unit mixed-use building under construction at 325 Kent Avenue, a block in from the East River in Williamsburg, is now 11 stories in height. Progress on the building – which was only in the foundation stages earlier this year – can be seen thanks to photos taken by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the structure will eventually encompass 401,246 square feet. It will feature 9,378 square feet of retail space on the ground and second floors, followed by residential units on the second through 15th floors. Twenty percent of the rental apartments, or 105, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a five-level parking garage (two underground and three above-grade), storage space for 266 bikes, and “recreation space” on the fourth and 16th floors. The building represents the first phase of the five-building, mixed-use Domino Sugar Refinery mega-development. Two Trees Management Company is the developer, SHoP Architects is the design architect, and Ismael Leyva Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion of the first building is scheduled for 2017.
The first rendering has been revealed of the seven-story, six-unit mixed-use project planned at 34 East 13th Street, located on the corner of University Place in Greenwich Village. A rendering posted to the construction site was spotted by EV Grieve. The latest building permits indicate the project will encompass 22,995 square feet. It will include 2,135 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by six full-floor residential units on the second through seventh floors. The apartments, which will be condominiums, should average a spacious 2,881 square feet apiece. There will be private residential storage in the cellar, and the top-floor unit will have a private roof terrace. Ranger Properties is the developer, and Morris Adjmi’s Financial District-based Morris Adjmi Architects is designing. YIMBY reported on the project when permits were filed in June of 2015, and since then, the site’s former four-story occupant has been demolished. Completion is expected in 2017.
Renderings have been revealed for the 18-unit residential conversion of the former five-story elementary school at 520 West 45th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen. Future views of the exterior and interiors can be seen in a New York Times report. The existing structure will remain the same size and will boast 28,720 square feet of residential space after the conversion, which means the apartments should average 1,595 square feet apiece. They will come in two- and three-bedrooms. Dubbed Inkwell, amenities are set to include a fitness center, laundry facilities, a bike storage room, and an outdoor recreational area on the ground floor. Gotham Organization is the developer and SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. AvroKO is designing the interiors. Occupancy can be expected in the fall.
Bayside-based HDA International Realty has filed applications for a three-story, mixed-use building at 20-16 College Point Boulevard, in College Point. The structure will measure 13,624 square feet. It will feature 3,829 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels, followed by 3,259 square feet of medical offices on the second floor, and two residential units on the third floor. The apartments should average a spacious 1,369 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 4,995-square-foot lot was occupied by a two-story structure until 2014. The property is located three blocks from the commercial center of College Point, and a few minutes from Downtown Flushing via the Q66 bus.