Most of the new construction in Long Island City dwarfs what it replaces, whether the new buildings are 50-story towers or mid-rise apartment buildings. However, every once in a while, someone tears down a wood frame house to build a slightly larger townhouse.
Since topping out earlier this year, façade installation has been the focus at the seven-story, 48-unit mixed-use project under development at 500 Waverly Avenue, located on the corner of Fulton Street in southern Clinton Hill. Progress on the exterior can be seen thanks to a photo taken by Tectonic. The latest permits indicate the new building, dubbed Waverly Brooklyn, measures 62,719 square feet. On the ground floor will be 7,568 square feet of retail space, followed by 48 condominium above. The apartments should average 975 square feet apiece and will range from studios to four-bedrooms. Amenities include a 33-car underground garage, private residential storage units, a fitness center, a lounge featuring a library, media center, and pantry, landscaped terraces on the second floor and rooftop, and bike storage. Orange Management is the developer and Gerner, Kronick & Valcarcel is the architect. Completion is expected later this year.
Northern Hell’s Kitchen is getting a movie theater. Now that exterior construction has been completed on the 32-story, 709-unit mixed-use building, dubbed VIA 57 WEST, at 625 West 57th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, work is underway to lease the building’s apartments and fill its 45,000 square feet of retail space. One of those commercial tenants now includes Landmarks Theatres, which will operate an eight-screen movie theater within the base of the building.
Saeed Bloorian, doing business as Jamaica-based Inwood Home, has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 193-20 120th Avenue and 120-10 194th Street, in St. Albans. The house fronting 120th Avenue, also located on the corner of 194th Street, will measure 3,498 square feet. There will be one unit per floor along with two off-street parking spots. The house fronting 194th Street, located behind the first house, will measure a slightly smaller 3,375 square feet. It will boast the same configurations as the first and will also come with two off-street parking spots. Barry J. Bank’s Kew Gardens-based consulting engineering firm is the applicant of record. The assemblage measures 7,500 square feet in total. An existing dilapidated house must first be demolished.
Abraham Friedrich, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, five-unit residential building at 275 Skillman Street, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant. The structure will measure 8,973 square feet and its residential units should average 1,287 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The layout of the building isn’t quite clear from the filings. Though the new building application lists five stories, the schedule A lists a basement, first floor, mezzanine, second floor, and third floor, in addition to a cellar and the roof. Udoette D. Isaiah’s Elmont, N.Y.-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 32-foot-wide, 3,238-square-foot plot is half occupied by a three-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in April. The site is located a block from the Bedford-Nostrand Avenues stop on the G train.