The rowhouse at 48 Downing Street is part of a very intact block between Gates Avenue and Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill Historic District. Its owner wants to make it bigger, both on the rear and the roof, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission, at its public hearing last Tuesday, did not approve it, citing concerns of size, intervention, and visibility.
Joseph Deutsch, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 475 Woodward Avenue, in Ridgewood, located 10 blocks northwest of the Forest Avenue stop on the M train. The entire building will measure 6,526 square feet in total, but residential units will spread across 4,996 square feet of space. That means average configurations of 714 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Oleg Ruditser’s Brooklyn-based M.E.P. Designs Inc. is the applicant of record. Permits to demolish the existing two-story house were filed in December.
JIH Builders Group has filed applications for a four-story, nine-unit residential building at 233 Buffalo Avenue, on the eastern end of Crown Heights, located six blocks from the Crown Heights – Utica Avenue stop on the 3, 4, and 5 trains. The project will measure 8,906 square feet in total and will have 6,075 square feet of residential space, which means units will average a rental-sized 675 square feet apiece. Rego Park-based Diego Aguilera Architects is the applicant of record. An existing two-story building must first be demolished.
YIMBY detailed in November of 2014 the initial Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) hearing on the residential conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Company building at 346 Broadway (a.k.a. 108 Leonard Street), in Tribeca. The 13-story, 427,000 square-foot building is an individual and interior landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A month after the hearing, the LPC approved the changes that would including making the structure’s clock tower part of a penthouse and for the clock to run electronically, the WSJ reported. Last week, according to Commercial Observer, the Peebles Organization and Elad Group landed a $334 million construction loan for the project, which would convert the former office building into 151 condominium units. Additionally, a community facility and retail space will measure 7,210 and 2,200 square feet, respectively. Beyer Blinder Belle is designing the conversion.
In May of 2014, YIMBY reported on plans for a 12-story, 18-unit mixed-use building at 543 Second Avenue, in Kips Bay, and now Bluarch Architecture has revealed updated renderings of the project. The rental building will measure 18,877 square feet in its entirety, and will have 13,877 square feet of residential space and a 702 square-foot ground-floor retail component, according to the latest filings. Residential units would begin on the second floor and average 771 square feet apiece. Shalimar Management is developing the building, which it expects to break ground on later this year, and 5D Architecture & Engineering is serving as the architect of record.