Tomer Erlich, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 10-unit residential building at 1141 Lafayette Avenue, in central Bushwick, located two blocks from the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J train. The structure will measure 11,440 square feet, which means its residential units should average 817 square feet apiece, indicative of relatively large rental apartments (for new construction in the area). Robert Bianchini’s Forest Hills-based ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect. The 37-foot-wide assemblage consists of a vacant lot (1141 Lafayette) and a four-story townhouse (1143 Lafayette), which received demolition permits earlier this month.
Brooklyn-based Stuyvesant Group, headed by Adam Cohen, has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 321 West 136th Street, in northern Harlem. The structure will measure 13,024 square feet, of which 2,497 square feet will be used as community facility space on the basement and cellar levels. The five floors above will host full-floor residential units, averaging a spacious 1,706 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Jose Lockhart’s Brooklyn-based Tecnico Engineering is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were filed in January for an existing two-story brick townhouse.
Back in September of 2014, news broke that a seven-story, 90-unit mixed-income residential project was being planned at 1552 Bergen Street, in eastern Crown Heights, located six blocks south of the Utica Avenue stop on the A/C trains. The 68,711-square-foot building, dubbed Concern Bergen, has been quietly rising and has since topped out. Now, applications for the apartments – a mix of affordable, supportive, and market-rate units – are available, according to DNAinfo. Of the 90 apartments, 55 will be assigned to adults with psychiatric disabilities and will average 480 square feet apiece. The next 33 apartments, comprised of one- and two-bedrooms, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery, while the remaining two apartments will be market-rate rentals. The 35 non-supportive units should average 877 square feet apiece. Amenities include a fitness center, a computer lab, multiple lounges, a laundry, private storage space, storage for 21 bikes, a seven-car garage on the ground floor, and an outdoor terrace. Long Island-based Concern for Independent Living is the developer, while Dattner Architects is behind the design. Occupancy is expected in September.
General Growth Properties and Thor Equities have filed to expand, by five stories, the 20-story, 115,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 685 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of East 54th Street, in Midtown. The property’s commercial square footage – 109,543 square feet – will remain the same, because a portion of the space on the lower levels will be utilized to build the vertical expansion. As a result, the structure will see an increase in height from 227 feet to 292 feet. Coach has already secured a lease to take 23,400 square feet of retail space on the first few floors for its new flagship store, The Real Deal reports. Midtown South-based Marin Architects is the architect of record. In June of 2014, GGP and Thor acquired the building for $460 million, and it was reported last November that Michael Shvo is in contract to acquire the building’s existing 90,000 square feet of office space for north of $100 million. It doesn’t appear the future office space on floors 21 through 25 was part of the deal with Shvo.
Something of an oddity on Park Avenue will be returned to its original purpose. On Tuesday, April 12, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved additions and reconfigurations on the townhouse at 890 Park Avenue, located between East 78th Street and East 79th Street, paving the way for it to again become a single-family home.