New building applications have been filed for nearly 300 units of affordable housing on city-owned lots near where the elevated 3 and L trains intersect on Livonia Avenue in East New York. It turns out that these plans are Phase II of the city’s big Livonia Commons project, which will bring 791 deeply affordable units, retail and community space to a rather desolate stretch of the neighborhood.
The two short blocks between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant were once considered undesirable for residential development, because they’re sandwiched between two bustling commercial thoroughfares and two noisy train lines—the elevated Long Island Railroad along Atlantic and the A and C subways rumbling just below Fulton Street. They were transitional, slightly industrial, and the victims of urban renewal schemes. But now developers priced out of the more desirable parts of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights are looking here, and noticing the benefits of brownstone blocks so close to the train. One such builder filed plans for a five-story residential project at 32 New York Avenue, between Herkimer Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Architect Morris Adjmi first filed applications for six stories of condos at 138 North 10th Street in Williamsburg nearly a year ago, and now YIMBY has a rendering for the development between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue.
New construction has been growing in southern Bushwick for a few years, but small homeowners are just beginning to cash in on the rising rents by adding extra stories and apartments to their homes. Yesterday the owner of a humble brick house at 223 Central Avenue in Bushwick filed plans to triple the size of the two-story building.
Bjarke Ingels’ dramatic, tetrahedron-shaped rental building is already making its mark on the far west side, and we have some fresh renderings to go along with a new teaser site for the project at 625 West 57th Street, known as VIA 57 West.