City blocks on the fringes between Queens and Brooklyn tend to be densely built out with low-rise, pre-war housing stock, leaving few empty lots for ground-up development. One such lot at 55-35 Metropolitan Avenue, which separates the neighborhoods of Ridgewood to the south and Maspeth to the north, has sat empty for more than half a century. The new rowhouse, developed by Shaoyun Chen, stands three stories tall, its plain cornice rising slightly above its neighbors. Permits list two residential units taking up 2,396 square feet of the 5,643-square-foot structure. A 1,623-square-foot retail space is located at the lower floor. Though the retail space would be the only one of its kind on the wholly-residential block, it is not out of place, given that most buildings on the other side of the street have ground level retail, as well. The building occupies 60 percent of its site, leaving space for a 35-foot yard in the rear.
The 15-story, 211-unit mixed-use building under development at 145 Clinton Street, located on the corner of Grand Street on the Lower East Side, is now three stories above street level, as seen in photos shot by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the project – which is one piece of the mixed-use mega-development known as Essex Crossing – will encompass 283,178 square feet. There will be 73,000 square feet of commercial-retail space across the cellar through second floors. Planet Fitness has already pre-leased 22,000 square feet on the second floor, and a food market is expected to take 30,000 square feet on the ground floor.
Property owner UDR has filed applications for a single-story, 6,179-square-foot retail building at 401 East 34th Street, located on the corner of East 35th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay. The new structure will host a restaurant on the ground floor and retail space in the cellar. It will be located on the grounds of Joseph Slifka Park, where a playground currently exists. The new retail space won’t have to be approved through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) even though it’s being built on public park space. In October of 2015, Community Board 6 voted to allow retail project to proceed without a rezoning/city approval. Brooklyn-based Much Architecture is the architect of record. The park – which was built as part of the 35-story, 706-rental-unit residential building View 34 (previously known as Rivergate) – will also see an overhaul, with upgrades including a new dog run and an artificial turf area.
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.