Bed-Stuy is experiencing a real estate boom, but renewal has been slow to arrive on the eastern edges of the neighborhood, where aging row houses sit next to squat warehouses and vacant lots. Friday’s crop of filings brought plans for a four-story, mixed-use building at 1905 Fulton Street, between Ralph and Howard Avenues.
Late last month, the Jersey City Planning Board approved Amerestate Holdings’s plans for three new mixed-use buildings, ranging from three to eight stories in height, at 1072 West Side Avenue and 1075 West Side Avenue, located along Broadway in the Marion section of Jersey City. Approval was also granted to combine the development assemblage into a single property, Jersey Digs reported. Across the entire project, dubbed Avenir, 486 residential units are planned in addition to 25,452 square feet of retail space. The stretch of West Side Avenue between Broadway and Fayette Avenue will be de-mapped and transformed into a public plaza. Amenities include a 384-car parking garage and rooftop terraces. The single-story building that was once home to Puccini’s Restaurant, a single-story former textile factory, and a four-story apartment building must first be demolished. Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects is behind the design. The Journal Square PATH station is located eight blocks away.
Two anonymous entities have acquired, for $33 million, the vacant 22,640-square-foot development site at 206 Kent Avenue, in northern Williamsburg, Commercial Observer reported. That’s the property bound by Kent and Metropolitan avenues and River and North 3rd streets, located a block in from the East River. The previous owner, Alliance Private Capital Group, was planning a 45,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building with retail space on the ground floor and office space above. In fact, the grocery store Trader Joe’s signed a lease last year for 18,000 square feet of space across the ground and cellar levels. It hasn’t been confirmed if the new owners plan to follow through with the same project. New building applications haven’t been filed.
As far as skyline watchers like ourselves are concerned, we live in a glorious time. But with our gaze normally aimed upon the ever-rising skyscraper pinnacles, we sometimes forget that we live in the greatest bridge-building era in more than half a century. At least three major bridges in New York City and its vicinity are being replaced with new spans, with major reconstruction underway on several more. Of these, one of the easiest projects to miss might be the twin replacement spans of the Goethals Bridge, which will connect Staten Island’s Howland Hook and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Upon their 2018 completion, the cable-stayed spans will stretch across the Arthur Kill, replacing the cantilever span that has served the borough since 1928.
The blocks around the elevated J and M trains in Bushwick are flush with new development, and today we have a construction update on a project that will soon be open to tenants at 1301 Greene Avenue, between Myrtle and Wilson avenues.