A year ago, a local developer filed plans to convert and expand a small commercial building on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle into a nine-story yeshiva with apartments. Now, the project at 685 Flushing Avenue has resurfaced as a new, 12-story building with a synagogue and a hotel.
Adaptive reuse is more than a buzzword. It’s one big way for cities to keep their pasts from ending up in landfills. Structures for which the originally intended use is no longer viable are converted for another purpose.
Peter Poon Architects have designed nearly two dozen hotels across the city, and now another one of their glassy structures is coming to the area near Penn Station. Mayflower Business Group has filed new building applications for a 24-story hotel at 319 West 35th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues.
Having topped out, the mixed-use tower under construction at 415 Red Hook Lane (a.k.a. 117 Livingston Street), in Downtown Brooklyn, is now receiving its façade.
It’s been a busy few days in the Bronx for the Department of Buildings, and the surge in new building applications across the borough probably has something to do with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new plan to resurrect the 421-a tax break. A non-profit working to end homelessness has filed plans for a 13-story supportive housing project at 2865 Creston Avenue, in the northwestern Bronx neighborhood of Bedford Park.