Queens-based property owner Yaniv Levy has filed applications for three three-story, two-unit residential buildings at 692-696 East 38th Street, on the southern end of East Flatbush, located eight blocks east of the Newkirk Avenue stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The structures will all measure 3,661 square feet each, with 2,771 square feet to be used for residential space in each structure. That means units will average a family-sized 1,385 square feet across the entire development. The project is relatively contextual and will rise on a 77-foot-wide vacant swath of land flanked by rowhouses on both sides. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
Jack Rothenberg, doing business as a Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 10-unit residential building at 1479 Greene Avenue, in northern Bushwick, located four or five blocks from stops on either the M or L trains. While the project will measure 11,657 square feet in its entirety, 8,673 square feet will be used as residential space, which means units will average 867 square feet apiece. The building will feature a fifth-floor penthouse, which will be part of a duplex unit located on the fourth floor. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the applicant of record. The plot of land includes a vacant parcel and a two-story wood-framed house, which must first be demolished.
RXR Realty is planning to convert the ground floor of the Starrett-Lehigh Building – a 20-story, 2.3-million square-foot office building at 601 West 26th Street, in West Chelsea – into 50,000 square feet of retail space. The building, built in 1931 and designed by Cory & Cory, is an individual landmark and sits within the West Chelsea Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the plans. According to Crain’s, new retail will span the full length of Eleventh Avenue between West 26th and 27th Streets. Verizon previously occupied the ground and second floors of the property along Eleventh Avenue but agreed to relocate within the building. An architecture firm has not been selected, although construction is tentatively expected to begin next year.
Over the summer, YIMBY revealed the latest renderings for the planned 1,000-foot-plus residential tower at 125 Greenwich Street (a.k.a 22 Thames Street), in the Financial District. Permits with the Department of Buildings have yet to depict such tower, but filings with the Attorney General’s office offer a more accurate description of what’s planned. According to The Real Deal, the building will stand 91 stories above street level. It will have 275 condominium units spread across 306,312 square feet of residential space. Specifically, the units will range from studios to three-bedrooms, with the largest unit measuring 3,625 square feet. Michael Shvo, Vector Group, and Bizzi & Partners are developing the tower and Rafael Viñoly Architects is designing it. The floor layouts suggest the final design has yet to be revealed, although foundation work is currently underway. Completion is expected in 2018.
A big change for a Lower Manhattan landmark is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved modifications to 1 Wall Street, paving the way for its conversion from bank headquarters to residential condominiums with ground-floor retail.