Brooklyn developer Henry Weinstein is planning to renovate and refurbish the landmarked, century-old former Bronx Borough Courthouse building at 513 East 161st Street, in Morrisania. The building is expected to reopen in 2017 with 115,000 square feet of leasable space over nine floors, according to The New York Times. No Longer Empty, an art group, is currently utilizing the building and plans to take space after the renovations.
Amara Kenneh, imam of Masjid Nur Al-Islam, has filed applications to build a seven-story, seven-dwelling-unit mosque at the vacant lot of 1051 Sherman Avenue, in the Concourse, three blocks in from the Grand Concourse and six blocks from the 167th Street stop on the B/D trains. The structure will measure 24,506 square feet in total, and Nazhat Aboobaker’s Invision Engineers is the applicant of record.
Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery wants to restore the Weir Greenhouse at 750 Fifth Avenue and connect it to a new building that would serve as a visitors center at 749-750 Fifth Avenue. While the Landmarks Preservation Commission loved the restoration idea, they weren’t ready to approve the project as presented on Tuesday.
Last fall, Brownstoner reported that developer Jeffrey Gershon had picked up a fairly large lot at 906 Prospect Place in Crown Heights for $3,500,000. Now he’s filed a new building application to erect a five-story condo building on the plot between New York and Brooklyn Avenues.
Since a vast industrial swath of Mott Haven was rezoned in the South Bronx several years ago, affordable housing developers have slowly begun to build in the area, taking advantage of large vacant lots and cheap, derelict factories. One such developer has filed plans for a 12-story affordable building at 491 Gerard Avenue, a block over from the Major Deegan Expressway and a short walk from the 2, 4 and 5 trains at 149th Street-Grand Concourse.