One of the most interesting condominium developments in Brooklyn draws inspiration from a distant land. It’s called Oosten, and it’s the product of Chinese developer XIN Development, Dutch designer Piet Boon, and Brooklyn-based think! architecture and design pllc. You’ll find it under construction at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and our friend Tectonic sent YIMBY exclusive photos of an inside tour.
Staten Island-based Vanduzer Development has filed applications for a three-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 360 Van Duzer Street, in Stapleton, located three blocks from the neighborhood’s Staten Island Railway station. The structure will measure 14,784 square feet. The project will include 3,123 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels. There will be eight residential units above, averaging 956 square feet apiece, which means family-sized rental apartments or possibly condominiums are in the works. Igor Zaslavskiy’s Brooklyn-based Zproekt Architecture is the architect of record. The 65-foot-wide, 13,000-square-foot lot was occupied by a burnt-out house until is was demolished earlier this spring.
Back in June of 2015, renderings were revealed of the eight-story, 15-unit residential building planned at 42-83 Hunter Street, in the Court Square/Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. Now, foundation work is underway on the project, The Court Square Blog reports. The structure will measure 15,948 square feet, and its residential units should average 822 square feet apiece. Amenities listed in the Schedule A include private residential space, bike storage space, a laundry room, and a fitness center. Lions Group NYC is the developer, while Jon K. Yung’s Flushing-based MY Architect is serving as the architect. Completion is expected in the spring of 2017.
New York-based L&M Development has acquired the 20-story, 436,000-square-foot New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building, an office building located at 540 Broad Street in downtown Newark, for $16.51 million. The developer plans to convert the building into 246 residential units, according to NJ Advance Media. The basement will be fit with a fitness center, a bowling alley, and storage space. The rest of the building will become apartments, except for the fourth floor, which will remain an operational Verizon switch station. Connecticut-based Amara Associates is designing the project. The building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
In November 2013, YIMBY revealed renderings for the ME Architect-designed 21-story residential building at 215 West 28th Street, in Chelsea. Then in January 2015, we revealed renderings of an alternate design by Karim Rashid. Now, HAP Investments is moving forward with a two-building development designed by DXA Architects, which was first revealed by Curbed NY. The entire complex will measure 290,000 square feet, although filings have only been submitted for the building at 215-219 West 28th Street (and it will also cantilever over the existing tenement buildings at 213 and 221 West 28th Street). Filings detail a 183,293-square-foot building with 112 residential units and 8,202 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The other building, to rise at 223-227 West 28th Street, is not filed yet, but should measure around 100,000 square feet.