A cluster of cemeteries at the eastern edge of Bushwick has marked the border of gentrified Brooklyn for years, but development in the area is starting to push that border closer to East New York. A developer based in South Williamsburg has submitted plans for a five-story building at 301 Covert Street, mid-block between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues.
Early in 2015, the Jersey City Planning Board approved plans for two 15-story mixed-use buildings at 193 and 213 Van Vorst Street, in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City. Now, HFF has secured for the developers, Global Real Assets and Fields Development Group, $63.5 million in financing for the first phase of the project, according to REBusinessOnline. The first phase at 213 Van Vorst Street will have 255 residential units, which will come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations, and two ground-floor retail units totaling 7,237 square feet. The second building will include an additional 153 residential units and 7,305 square feet of ground-floor retail. Pile driving and foundational construction on the first building began last January, per Jersey Digs, and completion is expected in 2017. Marchetto Higgins Stieve is the design architect.
Brooklyn-based Brookland Capital, headed by Boaz Gilad, has filed applications to expand the three-story parking garage at 524-540 Halsey Street, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, into a five-story, 36-unit residential building. According to DNAinfo, the developer acquired the property for $8.2 million in December. The 31,434 square-foot property will be expanded into 38,879 square feet of residential space, which means units will average a relatively spacious 1,080 square feet apiece. Per the Schedule A, there will be seven townhouse-style triplex apartments within the first three floors. Upper West Side-based Feingold & Gregory Architects is the architect of record. The project is located within the Bedford Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve it.
Eyal Ovadia, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 114A Marcus Garvey Boulevard, in northern Bedford-Stuyvesant, located four blocks from the Myrtle Avenue stop on the J, M, and Z trains. The 3,740 square-foot project will rise 49 feet in height on a small, 17-foot-wide lot, currently home to a garage. There will be one residential unit on the ground floor and the second unit will occupy the second, third, and fourth floors. If the 2,956 square feet of residential space is divided like so, the smaller unit will measure roughly 740 square feet and the larger one will span 2,216 square feet. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
During the summer of 2015, renderings were revealed of Lalezarian Properties’ planned 35-story, 220-unit mixed-use tower under construction at 323 Tenth Avenue, between West 28th and 29th streets in West Chelsea. At the time, the ground floor of the tower was being constructed, and the developer’s two other 13-story buildings at 507 West 28th Street – with a combined additional 155 residential units – were close to topping out. Today, the larger structure is 25 stories above street level and the smaller 13-story components are nearly fully clad in glass. The photos are courtesy of Tectonic (h/t Curbed). The entire project will encompass 337,978 square feet, and rental units will average 779 square feet across all three buildings. There will also be a total 16,068 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Avinash K. Malhotra Architects is the design architect and completion is expected later this year.