Back in early 2015, YIMBY reported on filings for an eight-story, 15-unit mixed-use building at 15 Jefferson Street, in Bushwick, located a stone’s throw away from the Myrtle Avenue stop on the J, M, and Z trains. Since then, new plans have been filed by a new developer. Moses Neuman’s Brooklyn-based Elite Realty Inc. has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings. Each will contain roughly 5,274 square feet of residential space, which means apartments will average a rental-sized 659 square feet apiece. The building at 15 Jefferson will uniquely feature a penthouse on the fifth floor, which will be accessible to one of the units on the fourth floor. Boaz Golani’s Bronx-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record. Permits were filed in January to demolish an existing single-story, 75-foot-wide commercial warehouse.
The City Council held its first day of hearings Tuesday on mandatory inclusionary housing, a major citywide policy that will mandate affordable units in all new developments planned on rezoned land. Several council members grilled Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, HPD Commissioner Vicki Been, and City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod on the program, railing about the lack of low-income units and union labor and demanding better protections against tenant harassment and displacement.
Back in October, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal that would remake a good chunk of West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It would include restoring two landmarks and construction of a 64-story mixed-use tower. The hearing in October was paused because of the late hour and lack of quorum, and when it resumed on Tuesday, it became clear that one aspect of it was the big stumbling block.
Lazer Waldman, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, 24-unit residential building at 73 Starr Street, in western Bushwick, located five blocks from the Central Avenue stop on the M train. The project will encompass 23,240 square feet of space and will have 16,279 square feet of residential space. That means unit will average a rental-sized 678 square feet apiece. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the architect of record. Multiple single-story warehouses must first be demolished.
Iona College is currently building a seven-story, 310-student dormitory at 690 North Avenue, in New Rochelle, located in Westchester County. According to Westfair, construction began early last year and the project was recently awarded a $2.5 million from the state Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program Board. The building will feature publicly accessible retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. Completion is expected sometime later this year, before the start of the fall semester.