Last week brought Queens applications for three more two-family building projects, further steadying the stream of small scale housing development in the relatively suburban outer borough. Small projects like these haven’t been a popular form of new housing since the mid-2000’s, but they are penciling out for local developers post recession.
Mayer Meisels has filed applications for two residential buildings, each rising four stories, at 1557 45th Street in eastern Borough Park. The townhouses will have four apartments each, and the development’s eight total units will spread across 11,160 square feet. Kenneth Thomas is designing, and an existing two-story, two-unit building must first be demolished.
Prolific hotel developer Sam Chang has revised plans for a proposed hotel development at 334 West 36th Street, in the Garment District. Previous plans called for the demolition of the existing six-story Christ Church, but now the structure and its façade are being incorporated into the new development. According to The New York Times, the hotel will stand 28 stories, and DOB permits now show 566 hotel rooms. This is an increase from earlier applications, which called for 20 stories and 406 rooms.
Mayer Meisels has filed an application, this time in southern Borough Park, for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 1420 56th Street. The new building will measure 5,510 square feet, and Kenneth Thomas is once again designing. The existing two-story, 4,100 square-foot building has three apartments, and demolition permits have yet to be filed.
In February, YIMBY brought you news of Bushburg Properties’ commercial conversion planned at 65 Porter Avenue, which would turn a single-story, 32,620 square-foot warehouse into a commercial building featuring retail and offices in southern East Williamsburg. Now, Brownstoner has renderings, and the building will have commercial units ranging from 630 to 5,000 square feet. A new façade is in store, and future tenants can expect to move in starting January 2016. Michael Avramides Architects is designing.