Meals on Wheels of Staten Island says it has outgrown its existing building and needs a new one. The city has found them a plot of land, officially listed as 460 Brielle Avenue, at the former Seaview Hospital site (which is across from the New York City Farm Colony, which is being redeveloped as a senior housing complex called Landmark Colony). The design was presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, but did not pass muster. The commissioners didn’t feel it fit in well enough with its surroundings.
Deep in the Hasidic territory at the northern edge of Bedford-Stuyvesant, old industrial buildings bump up against new apartments with staggered balconies alongside kosher grocery stores and bakeries. The neighborhood is dotted with new synagogues and yeshivas, built to keep up with the fast-growing population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. And every once in a while, an organization takes over an old factory to convert it, instead of tearing it down.
Yeshiva Ahavas Israel, headquartered in a curved, 1920s brick factory at Franklin and Flushing Avenues, found one such industrial building nearby at 88 Walworth Street. Earlier this week, they filed plans to convert the low-slung structure between Park and Myrtle Avenues into a house of worship.
In 2014, Jonathan Rose Companies acquired the thru-block commercial property at 181 Montague/140 Pierrepont Street, in Brooklyn Heights; the developer also owns the five-story building at 146 Pierrepont Street. Now, new building applications have been filed with the DOB calling for a 19-story, 68-unit mixed-use building. Units will average a condo-sized 1,860 square feet in the 132,715 square-foot building. Retail space will also measure 6,230 square feet on the ground floor.
In March, Ekstein Development began excavation at 25-19 43rd Avenue, in Long Island City, where a nine-story, 86-unit residential building is planned, and now Real Estate Weekly has renderings of the project, dubbed Dutch. The 86 condominiums will spread across 68,145 square feet of residential space, working out to an average unit of just 792 square feet. GF55 Partners is designing, while GACE Consulting Engineers is serving as the structural engineer. Foundation work is currently underway, per TCSB, and completion is slated for January 2017.
A one-story building in Greenwich Village will see a new life as a Mexican restaurant. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal to transform 255 Bleecker Street, most recently a sushi restaurant, into Tacombi – La Cornelia.