Pommes Frites, the Belgian fried potato joint in the East Village, was destroyed in a deadly explosion linked to an illegal gas tap on March 26, 2015. Now, the establishment is set to re-open a bit to the west. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved its façade at 128 MacDougal Street, located between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street in the South Village Historic District.
Another parking lot in Chelsea is set to be redeveloped. Yesterday, we caught applications for a 19-story, mixed-use building at 211 West 29th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
In October of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications to expand the three-story parking garage at 75 Kenmare Street, in NoLIta, into a seven-story mixed-use building with 35 residential units. Now, Curbed NY has the latest details on the project, including the first rendering of the building, depicting the entrance. The project will measure 55,484 square feet, 8,122 square feet of which will be dedicated to ground-floor retail space. The residential units, beginning on the second floor and averaging 1,353 square feet apiece, will be condominiums, ranging from one- to four-bedroom configurations. There will also be a slew of amenities, including an 150-car underground parking garage, as reported previously. Kravitz Design is behind the interiors, while Andre Kikoski Architect is serving as the architect. The value of the project is being tagged at $127 million, and DHA Capital, AMS Acquisitions, and First Atlantic Capital are the developers. Construction is expected to begin in the coming months.
Construction is finally wrapping up on the Queens Library’s reconstructed three-story, 30,515-square-foot Elmhurst branch at 86-07 Broadway (a.k.a. 86-01 51st Avenue), located two blocks north of the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The building will open in the fall, once the interiors get completed and furnished, DNAinfo reported. The library will host study areas, classrooms, an assembly hall, and storage rooms. Construction began on the library back in 2012 and was initially expected to open a year later. Sandro Marpillero’s TriBeCa-based Marpillero Pollak Architects is behind the design. The city’s Department of Design and Construction is leading the project.
An anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 548 Lafayette Avenue, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant, located around the block from the Bedford-Nostrand Avs stop on the G train. The new structure will measure 8,456 square feet and its residential units should average a rental-sized 822 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two units on each floor, and both apartments on the fourth floor will feature space in an upper penthouse level. Olabanji B. Awosika’s Jamaica-based Banji Awosika Architect is the architect of record. The lot, which has not yet been subdivided from an existing townhouse, is currently vacant.