The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is planning to construct a new mixed-use building on an empty lot in East New York. The seven-story, 88,081 square-foot building will be erected at 500 Livonia Avenue, between Snediker and Hinsdale Streets. It will house 90 residential units across 79,284 square feet, for an average unit size of about 881 square feet. In addition to two residential units, the first floor will have 8,797 square feet of retail space, storage for 45 bicycles, and recreation space. Christine Hunter of Manhattan-based Magnusson Architecture and Planning is the applicant or record. The closest trains will be the L at Livonia Av and the 3 at Pennsylvania Av.
For over a year, YIMBY has been reporting on plans for condominiums near the High Line at 514 West 24th Street in Chelsea. Now, construction of the building, dubbed the Fitzroy, is set to commence. Permits have been approved, a source told YIMBY, which means work can start as soon as possible. The 10-story building will house 14 two- to five-bedroom units, plus ground floor retail. JDS Development Group and Largo Investments are the developers and Roman & Williams has designed the building. Sales have already launched, as has a website.
Late last year, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 428-unit residential building at 30-17 40th Avenue, in northern Long Island City, and now Curbed reports the Lightstone Group is the developer. Per filings with the DOB, the building will measure 293,703 square feet, but that only includes a portion of the building’s entire area, which will measure 413,000 square feet in total. Retail space will also measure 3,181 square feet on the ground floor. The project will be made up of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units, as well as 22,000 square feet of amenity space. Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects is the applicant of record, and completion is expected in 2017.
Officially proposed last summer, New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority has approved $93 million in tax breaks for Kushner Companies and KABR Group’s planned 56-story, 744-unit mixed-use tower at One Journal Square, in Jersey City’s Journal Square district. According to the Jersey Journal, WeWork is expected to lease 101,000 square feet of office space on seven floors, and 78,000 square feet of retail space is planned on the bottom two levels. A second tower is also reportedly in the works, although completion of the first is expected in the spring of 2018.
A four-story building dating back to well before the Civil War, but in quite the state of disrepair, won’t be demolished just yet. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided not to approve a proposal to demolish the structure at 327 Bleecker Street and replace it with a new four-story structure. While the commissioners did seem to be open to the demolition, especially given the endorsement of the Department of Buildings, the proposed replacement was not deemed appropriate.