Property owner Terry Martinolle, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, five-unit residential building at 650 East 6th Street, located in the Alphabet City section of the East Village. The 8,491-square-foot project will include 7,761 square feet of residential space, which means units will average 1,552 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. A duplex apartment will occupy part of the ground floor and the entire second floor, the third through fifth floors will have one unit on each level, and a duplex unit will span the sixth floor and seventh-floor penthouse. Brooklyn-based RSVP Architecture Studio will be responsible for the design. An existing four-story, three-unit building must first be demolished.
Property owner Zhao Min Lin has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 563 66th Street, in norther Bay Ridge, located five blocks from the Bay Ridge Avenue stop on the R train. The project will measure 6,924 square feet in total, and 4,116 square feet will be used for residential space. A children’s day care will operate in the basement and three full-floor units will be stacked above, averaging a spacious 1,372 square feet apiece. Jianxiong Wang’s Chinatown-based JW Engineering Consulting is the applicant of record. An existing two-story house must first be demolished.
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.