Musician and property owner Norah Jones is moving forward with converting the two-story, two-family residential building at 172 Pacific Street, in Cobble Hill, into a single-family townhouse. Brownstoner reports all of the needed approvals are in place to do the conversion, which includes partially demolishing the rear of the property and replacing it with a new rear extension that will include a sliding glass door on the ground floor and French doors and Juliette balconies on the second floor. In all, the structure will see its residential space go from 3,552 square feet to 3,085 square feet. Baxt Ingui Architects is designing the renovations. As the property sits within the Cobble Hill Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to approve of the project, which it did in November of 2015. The house was purchased for $6.25 million in 2015.
Forest Hills-based property owner Kyong I. Park has filed applications for two two-story commercial-retail buildings at 40-09 – 40-11 29th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City, located three blocks north of the elevated tracks for the E/M/R/7 subway lines. The northern building at 40-09 29th Street will measure 10,012 square feet and the other building will measure 9,212 square feet. There will be 14,907 square feet of commercial space across both buildings, and the Schedule A notes both will be used as retail space. Iljoong Kim’s Flushing-based Chio Design Consulting is the applicant of record. A two-story house at 40-09 29th Street and the Korean Philippo Church at 40-11 29th Street must first be demolished. Permits have not yet been filed to do so.
During the summer of 2015, Kushner Companies and CIM Group filed plans with the Department of City Planning to convert the 26-story, 466,000-square-foot office building at 2 Rector Street, in the Financial District, into 452 rental apartments. The developers are now abandoning those plans and are in contract to sell the office building to Cove Property Group for roughly $225 million, according to the New York Post. The sale comes three years after Kushner and CIM acquired the property for $140 million. The new owners plan to continue leasing the property to commercial tenants. It was 84 percent occupied in 2015, by multiple tenants.
A 35-story mixed-use project in the Financial District can now go forward, thanks to approval from the Landmarks Preservation on Tuesday. The project is at 77 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 42 Trinity Place) and needed LPC approval because it would cantilever over the Robert and Anne Dickey House, an individual landmark immediately to the south at 67 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 28-30 Trinity Place). The changes to the design weren’t too dramatic and one of them was described as a “no-brainer” by the LPC chair.
It’s hard to build taller than three stories in most of Gravesend, a middle-class neighborhood in southern Brooklyn populated by a diverse mix of Syrian Jewish, Puerto Rican, Chinese, Mexican, Russian, and Ukrainian immigrants. But along the neighborhood’s northern edge, on the border with Midwood and Bensonhurst, the city allows new mid-rise apartment buildings.