In the final days of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for an eight-story, 78-unit residential building at 2100 Bedford Avenue, in northern Flatbush, located within five blocks from stops on the Q, 2, and 5 trains. In early 2015, demolition was underway on three 2.5-story wood-framed houses, and by the summer the properties were cleared. Construction began sometime after, and within the last few weeks, the structure has topped out, as seen in photos by Tectonic. The 86,622 square-foot balconied structure will have 60,364 square feet of residential space, which means rental units will average 774 square feet apiece. Floral Park-based Metropolitan Homes is developing and Karl Fischer Architect is designing the project.
Ofer Prager, doing business as a Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 13-unit mixed-use building at 645 Fifth Avenue, in South Slope, located four blocks from the Prospect Avenue stop on the R train. The structure will measure 15,005 square feet in total and will include 1,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Residential units would begin on the second floor and average 1,070 square feet apiece, which means condominiums may be in the works. The seventh floor will also feature a common rooftop recreation space. Forest Hills-based ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record. The two existing mixed-use buildings at 643-645 Fifth Avenue were filed for demolition in November.
In the beginning of 2014, YIMBY brought you news of the imminent demolition of the 12-story residential buildings at 445 East 68th Street (a.k.a. 1283-1299 York Avenue), on the Upper East Side, to make-way for New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s expansion. The initial filings for the new building have since been amended and detail a 17-story, 733,500 square-foot building, 551,691 square feet of which will be considered active medical space. Thanks to photos by Tectonic, we can see the structure is now 11 stories above the street level and rising. Dubbed the David H. Koch Center, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum) is behind the design of the building. Completion is expected in 2017 or 2018.
During Hurricane Sandy, apartments at Redfern Houses – a nine-building, 604-unit housing development at 1456 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway – were flooded and then left without power for weeks. The complex’s daycare was also destroyed, but the city’s Housing Authority looks to be making upgrades to its infrastructure in addition to building a new daycare center. The city filed permits to construct four single-story electrical power service buildings on the property, each of which would measure between 800 and 1,216 square feet in size. At 1490 Beach Channel Drive, a two-story, 14,295 square-foot community center was filed. That building would include a daycare center, offices, and storage on the ground floor and community space on the second floor. Michael Szerbaty’s MD Szerbaty Associates is the applicant of record.
Staten Island-based V&V Builders Corp. has filed applications for six three-story, single-family homes at 30-32 Guilford Street and 93-103 Ocean Avenue, in Arrochar, located on the eastern end of Staten Island. The houses will measure between 1,724 and 1,896 square feet each, which means the development will probably be marketed towards families. Staten Island-based Stanley Krebushevski, head of SMK Architects, is the applicant of record. The property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house, and demolition permits have not yet been filed.