Over the last few months, the Department of City Planning has lost the PR battle over the proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning. Residents and activists accused the city of trying to create a new neighborhood called “Cromwell-Jerome,” a reference to DCP’s initial plans for a zoning study, and in response, officials dropped “Cromwell” from the title. In reality, planning officials hope to revitalize a narrow, 73-block stretch around Jerome, from 167th Street to just south of Fordham Road. They want to improve parks, the streetscape, retail, community services, schools, and economic growth, instead of simply pushing through more housing development.
Bedford Realty, doing business under Spencer Estates LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 216 Spencer Street, a vacant lot in the northwestern corner of Bedford-Stuyvesant near the Bedford-Nostrand stop on the G train. The building will measure 6,680 square feet, which means units will average 835 square feet. Jeffrey Kamen is the applicant of record, and the site’s former three-story occupant was demolished in 2001.
Isaac Maman, operating under an LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, eight-unit residential building at the vacant lot of 89 Montrose Avenue, in southeastern Williamsburg, within walking distance of stations on the J, M, G and L lines. The building will measure 6,600 square feet, with units averaging 825 square feet. Woody Chen’s InFocus is the applicant of record.
The planned nine-story, 108-unit Hyatt Hotel at 27-07 43rd Avenue, in Long Island City, is now one floor above street level, according to The Court Square Blog. The building will measure 49,590 square feet in total. The developer, Prakash Patel, originally planned a residential project for the site, but filed new permits in 2014 for a hotel. The building is now expected to be complete in early 2016, and Michael Kang is the architect of record.
Property owner Solomon Feder, head of Velocity Framers USA, has filed applications for an eight-story, 16-unit residential building at the vacant lot of 876 Bergen Street, in northwestern Crown Heights. Located five blocks south of the Franklin Avenue station on the A/C lines, the building will measure 10,846 square feet, which works out to units averaging a rental-sized 680 square feet. Asher Hershkowitz is the architect of record.