924 Myrtle Avenue, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 924 Myrtle Avenue, Bed-Stuy

In March of last year, Cornell Realty filed plans for a 10-story apartment building at 924 Myrtle Avenue, in northern Bed-Stuy, across the street from New York City Housing Authority’s Tompkins Houses. Now, a new developer appears to be in charge, and applications have been filed for a much smaller project.

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135-35 Northern Boulevard

16-Story, 269-Unit Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned at RKO Keith’s Theatre, 135-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing

Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate has acquired the dilapidating RKO Keith’s Theatre, of which the interior is an individual landmark, at 135-35 Northern Boulevard, in downtown Flushing, for $66 million. Xinyuan plans to redevelop the property into a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building dubbed Flushing Square, Real Estate Weekly reported. The project will encompass 372,598 square feet and will host retail space on the ground and second floors. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners will be responsible for the design. Although redevelopment plans were first filed as far back as 2003, the new architect will likely file new permits with the Buildings Department. Regarding the landmarked interior, Pei Cobb Freed will also have to seek approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission if the firm’s vision differs from those previously approved plans. The site was placed on the market earlier this year after the previous owners, JK Equities, acquired it in 2013 for $30 million.

698 Empire Boulevard

Seven-Story, 14-Unit Residential Building Filed at 698 Empire Boulevard, East Flatbush

Property owner Jacob Friedman, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 14-unit residential building at 698 Empire Boulevard, on the northern edge of East Flatbush. It will measure 22,639 square feet and its residential units should average 1,305 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be two units per floor. Ruslan Goycheyev’s Brooklyn-based RSLN Architecture is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 4,600-square-foot assemblage is currently occupied by two two-story rowhomes. Demolition permits were filed in April. The Kingston Avenue stop on the 2/3 trains is located seven blocks away.

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