While developments from Downtown Brooklyn to Hudson Yards are transforming skylines and making headlines, smaller scale projects are also capable of altering neighborhood paradigms. Along Queens Boulevard, in the borderlands of Woodside and Sunnyside, this is now the case, and new buildings are changing a former no-mans-land into an increasingly popular neighborhood.
An L-shaped vacant lot across from Tompkins Houses in Bed-Stuy is finally being redeveloped. New building applications were filed for a seven-story apartment building at 901 Myrtle Avenue, also known as 98 Tompkins Avenue.
Vladimir Kindo, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 2921 Brighton 1st Street, in Brighton Beach. That is two blocks north of the Ocean Parkway stop on the Q train. The structure will measure 4,913 square feet in total, which means units will average a rental-sized 702 square feet apiece. Zarina Ross’s Brooklyn-based Arcon Studio is the applicant of record. An existing single-story home must first be demolished.
Frank Barbarino, head of Toscana Builders Inc., has filed applications for four three-story, single-family houses at 262-268 Grimsby Street, in Midland Beach, on Staten Island’s southern shore. Each home will measure 1,180 square feet in total, and Staten Island-based Stanley Krebushevski is the architect of record. Demolition permits were recently filed to raze three existing homes at 264-268 Grimsby Street.
Earlier this year, YIMBY reported on applications for a four-story, five-unit residential building at 428 St. Marks Place, in St. George on Staten Island, and now the developer is demolishing the site’s dilapidated 2.5-story wood-frame structure, DNAinfo reports. Developer Anthony Guglieri is currently taking the project through ULURP and plans to begin actual construction in 2016. The project will measure 4,675 square feet in total, and units will be condos, averaging 853 square feet each. A 410 square-foot retail unit will take up the ground floor. Frank Martarella’s Staten Island-based Think Design Architecture is the architect of record.