New construction rarely comes to Bay Ridge, because the zoning is restrictive and development sites in the southern Brooklyn neighborhood are hard to come by. However, one builder managed to snag a site along the neighborhood’s commercial thoroughfare, Third Avenue. New building applications were filed last week for a six-story, mixed-use building at 9701 Third Avenue, on the corner of 97th Street.
More market rate development may be coming to Mott Haven in the South Bronx. New building applications call for a seven-story residential project at 417 East 135th Street, just north of the Major Deegan Expressway.
Earlier this year, applications were filed to demolish the former Streit’s Matzo Factory to the ground floor. The developer wants to build a seven-story, 45-unit mixed-use building with 10,219 square feet of ground and cellar-level retail space from the remnants, at 148-154 Rivington Street, on the Lower East Side. Renderings of the project have now been revealed by the New York Times, which can also report that apartments will be condominiums with one- and two-bedroom configurations. The amount of retail space has also been increased to 13,000 square feet. Cogswell Lee Development (the development arm of Cogswell Realty) is the developer, and GLUCK+ is behind the design. Demolition of the factory is expected to commence in the coming weeks.
In July of 2015, YIMBY brought you a construction update on the the six-story, 202,361-square-foot commercial-retail project being built at 100 West 125th Street, located on the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard, in Harlem. That October, the structure topped out, and now, the building’s façade appears to be nearly complete, according to Harlem+Bespoke. All six floors, plus the cellar level, will be utilized as retail space, and a number of retailers have already signed leases in the building. Notable tenants include Whole Foods Market, American Eagle, Nordstrom Rack, Burlington Coat Factory, Raymour & Flanigan, Olive Garden, and TD Bank. Wharton Properties, headed by Jeff Sutton, is the developer, while Staten Island-based Gambino + LaPorta Architecture is behind the design. Opening can probably be expected in the coming months.
In general, new construction reflects local real estate demand and community needs. But given New York’s position as a global economic hub, it is not surprising that one of the city’s largest engineering efforts is a direct response to a megaproject 2,200 miles away. The suspended roadbed of the 84-year-old Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull strait between Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J., is too low for passage of the latest, giant container ships built to traverse the expanded Panama Canal locks. If the Port of New York and New Jersey fails to accommodate such vessels, the nation’s largest metro area would suffer considerable economic damage. To keep up with the canal’s expansion, slated to open later this year, the Port Authority is raising the bridge roadbed from 151 to 215 feet above the mean water level. The Navigational Clearance Project is expected to cost $1.3 billion.