Last summer, YIMBY revealed renderings of Meadow Partners’ 13-story, 48-unit mixed-use use building planned for 42-14 Crescent Street, in Long Island City, and now The Court Square Blog has noticed excavation underway at the site. Ground-floor retail will measure 750 square feet, and John Fotiadis is designing; signage indicates an expected completion date of August 2016.
In March, YIMBY revealed a rendering of Bizzi & Partners’ planned 25-story tower at 100 Varick Street, and now plans have been filed for the 290-foot-tall residential building at the corner of Watts Street in Hudson Square.
Property owner Ray Sapiro has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 373 Classon Avenue, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant (on the border with Clinton Hill). The building will measure 4,000 square feet, and each unit will have its own floor. Oscar Fuertes’ OMF Architecture is designing, and an existing single-story structure must first be removed.
Last week, Extell Development acquired the last development site of the CityPoint project at 138 Willoughby Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, in a $115.5 million deal. Extell is technically leasing the 21,500 square-foot site, and the developer is planning to construct a 665,000 square-foot mixed-use tower. A four-story, 65,000 square-foot retail base is part of the deal, and Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust will own that portion.
New York City’s infrastructure crisis stems from many issues, but one of the biggest problems in maintaining and expanding the city’s arteries are construction costs, which have ballooned into a stratosphere of unknown numbers and complete non-transparency on the part of city agencies. But now YIMBY has obtained data showing that salaries are up to 177% higher for unionized employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for government agencies than the prevailing wages of their respective private industry counterparts.