Back in November, Chinese developer Vanke acquired the 11-story, 44-unit condominium project at 275 Fourth Avenue (a.k.a 251 First Street), in Park Slope, located four blocks south of the Union Street stop on the R train. Now the building is taking shape, as seen in an update via Curbed NY. The 82,045-square-foot project will include 4,273 and 335 square feet of retail and medical space, respectively, on the ground floor. On the floors above, residential units will come in two-, three-, and four-bedroom residential units, averaging 1,368 square feet apiece. Amenities will include a roof deck, an entertainment space, children’s playroom, and a gym. ODA New York is behind the design and completion is expected later this year.
YIMBY first reported in early 2014 on filings for Urban Muse’s planned 13-story, five-unit mixed-use project at 347 Bowery, on the corner of East 3rd Street in the East Village. When we last checked in in November, the structure was eight stories above street level, and it has since topped out, EV Grieve reports. The building will eventually contain five three-bedroom condo units ranging between 2,100 and 4,000 square feet each. Within the two-story retail podium, there will be two 2,000 square-foot retail units and one 6,800 square-foot retail unit. Annabelle Selldorf is behind the project’s design, and completion can be expected sometime later this year.
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.