Alloy Development is seeking to build two 104,000 square-foot office buildings at 234 Butler Street and 242 Nevins Street, in northern Gowanus, located four blocks from the Union Street stop on the R train. DNAinfo reports those are the same properties the city is looking to seize through eminent domain to build two underground sewage tanks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the construction of the tanks, and is recommending for them to be built under Thomas Green Park, an adjacent block. Alloy has offered the city 138,000 square feet of public park space if they were to develop the properties, which both owners have already agreed to. The EPA says the adjacent park would have to be decontaminated regardless, and the agency will make the final decision on the tanks’ location in the next few weeks.
Moran Machtey, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 16-unit residential building at 595 New York Avenue, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, five blocks from the Sterling Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The project will measure 10,966 square feet and includes a small 356 square-foot community facility on the ground floor. Residential units are to begin on the second floor and will average a rental-sized 667 square feet apiece. Bluarch Architecture is the applicant of record. An existing two-story brick home and an adjacent dilapidated single-story structure will have to be demolished.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the restoration of the four-story, multi-family building at 8 Montague Terrace, in Brooklyn Heights. The 11,266 square-foot structure will shrink to 11,122 square feet and will be converted to a single-family townhouse, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The building presently contains eight units. Thomas Hut of HS2 Architecture is designing the restoration, which would include the addition of balconies on the structure’s rear upper levels. It’s that work which the LPC had to approve.
When completed, Essex Crossing will be a big deal for the Lower East Side. The multi-building project is on the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, and will have several residential structures, as well as commercial amenities galore – from a new Essex Street Market to a Regal Cinema, a bowling alley to a medical center, gardens both beer and regular, office space, and more. Construction is now underway and we have photos to show you, an exclusive courtesy of Tectonic.
Central Harlem hasn’t seen quite as much development as the area southeast of 125th Street, but developers have finally started paying attention to the quiet and transit-rich blocks next to the City College campus. The latest project headed to the neighborhood is an 11-story residential building at 308 West 133rd Street, between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.