Long Island-based Galaxy Towers Apartment Inc. has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings at 1360-1364 Purdy Street, in the East Bronx’s Parkchester neighborhood (just outside the towers-in-a-park community that goes by the same name), located around the corner from the Castle Hill Avenue stop on the 6 train. From south to north, the buildings will each measure 8,213 and 6,654 square feet respectively. Residential units in the southern building should average 883 square feet apiece while units in the slightly smaller northern building should average 687 square feet, indicative of rental apartments. Pelham, N.Y.-based Michael DePasquale is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide vacant has sat long vacant.
Brooklyn-based Royal Builders Development has filed applications for a four-story, 16-unit residential building at 3016 Brighton 5th Street, in Brighton Beach, located a block from the Brighton Beach stop on the B/Q train. The structure will encompass 13,191 square feet, which means its units should average 824 square feet apiece. Amenities include off-site parking for 11 automobiles and a rooftop recreational space. Considering parking is included, the apartments may be condominiums. Douglas Pulaski’s Brooklyn-based Bricolage Designs is the architect of record. The 60-foot-wide assemblage consists of two two-story houses. Demolition permits were filed earlier this month to knock them down.
Great Neck-based Mayflower Business Group has acquired the two five-story tenement buildings at 317-319 West 35th Street, in the Garment District section of Midtown, for $28 million. The new owner is planning to demolish the existing buildings and construct a new building, according to The Real Deal. The 4,937-square-foot site could accommodate 49,370 square feet of development rights, although Mayflower has the option to purchase an additional 10,000 square feet of air rights from the city. A residential building, a hotel, an office building, or a mixed-use project could be built at the site. Demolition permits were filed in March. Combined, the buildings contain 24 rental apartments and four commercial-retail units.
In September of 2015, construction was underway on the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church planned on the eastern end of the also-under-construction, one-acre Liberty Park, located on the southern end of the World Trade Center complex, in the Financial District. Now, construction on the rest of Liberty Park, which is elevated 25 feet above street level, is nearly complete, DNAinfo reports. The new park will feature landscaped greenery, plantings, seating and benches, and a 300-foot-long “Living Wall” along its northern base wall. Opening is expected some time this summer. As for the church, being designed by Santiago Calatrava (who also designed the World Trade Center Transportation Hub), construction is expected to last into 2017. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is behind the project.
In March, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) withheld approval for the two-tower, mixed-income residential project at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located in southern Brooklyn Heights. The city selected RAL Development and Oliver Realty Group, with ODA New York as the architect, to develop a 29-story, 192-unit condominium building and a 14-story, 147-unit mixed-use rental building with 117 below-market-rate apartments, a preschool, a 930-square-foot retail component, and 1,500-square-foot community facility. Now, the ESD is withdrawing from the project, entirely over concerns regarding ties between the developers and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Politico New York reports.