A year ago, the New York Post reported that Icon Realty had begun demolishing several tenements on Second Avenue between East 80th and 81st streets. Now, the developer has filed new building applications for a 30-story tower on the corner site, which will be known as 301 East 80th Street.
A 19th century home on the Upper West Side is on its way into the 21st Century. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved modifications to the structure at 347 West End Avenue.
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.
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.
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.