Downtown Brooklyn is abuzz with new construction. YIMBY has covered this extensively and it’s been plain to see for those traveling around the city. Now, one of two new hotels on the same block in the neighborhood is inching closer to completion.
Last week, the Jersey City Planning Board approved plans for a five-story, 308-unit mixed-use project at 100 Monitor Street, located on the corner of Johnson Avenue in the city’s Communipaw section. The building will include 2,980 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 8,000 square feet of office space, the latter of which will be leased to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Jersey Digs reported. The residential units will be rentals and amenities will include an 85-car parking garage, a fitness center, a pool, and a landscaped garden. Ironstate Development and Landmark Developers are developing the building. The site is an assemblage of six vacant lots and groundbreaking is scheduled for early 2017.
Construction is wrapping up on the 19-story, 15-unit residential building under development at 60 East 86th Street, on the Upper East Side. The latest photo was posted to Instagram by the project’s design architect, Thomas Juul-Hansen. Dubbed Sixty East Eighty Sixth, the 55,407-square-foot structure includes one triplex apartment spanning the cellar through second floors, followed by a single unit per floor on floors three through nine, a duplex apartment spanning the 10th and 11th floors, another duplex spanning the 12th and 13th floors, one apartment per floor on the 14th through 16th floors, and, finally, a triplex penthouse spanning the 17th through 19th floors. The condominiums should average 3,730 square feet apiece. Amenities include a library, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a wine room, private storage space, and storage for eight bikes. Glenwood Management is the developer and Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the executive architect. Occupancy is probably imminent.
Property owner Zin Long Dai has filed applications for a four-story, 11-unit mixed-use building at 1759 Bay Ridge Parkway, in Bensonhurst. It will measure 15,190 square feet and will include a 5,190-square-foot daycare center on the ground and cellar levels, followed by residential units on the second through fourth floors. The residential units should average 909 square feet apiece, which means either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. A 13-car parking garage will be located in the cellar. Shiming Tam’s Brooklyn-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 8,000-square-foot site is currently occupied by two-and-a-half-story house. Demolition permits were filed in August. The 79th Street stop on the D train is five blocks away.
The title of the city’s construction hotspot of the summer may go to the Long Island City block bound by 44th Drive, Jackson and Thomson avenues, and Purves Street. As recently as four years ago, only warehouses, auto shops and a handful of rowhomes graced the 1.8-acre trapezoid. In 2014, the 14-story 26-14 Jackson Avenue rose as a herald of greater things to come. The 27-story Harrison at 27-21 44th Drive topped out in June of this year, and the 27-story Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive, next door, caught up almost exactly two months later. But as those two towers still sport their ceremonial topping-out flags, they are about to be overtaken by 44-26 Purves Street. The project, developed by Brause Realty and the Gotham Organization, is rapidly approaching its final, 33-story height. Once the FXFOWLE-designed, 270-unit luxury rental reaches its topmost point, it will stand just under the 400-foot mark, becoming the sixth-tallest building on the flourishing Court Square skyline.