In April of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of Red Apple Group’s 15-story mixed-use building at 180 Myrtle Avenue, in Fort Greene, and a year later, the structure was two stories above street level and rising. According to Brooklyn Daily, the structure has topped out and slightly larger than originally planned. The building — dubbed The Margo — will have 228 residential units, 40 of which will be rented at below-market rates. The ground floor will feature 10,600 and 500 square feet of retail and community health space, respectively. Dattner Architects is designing, and completion is expected in the spring of 2016.
The development boom is kicking into high gear in Downtown Brooklyn, between the nearly complete Ava DoBro at 100 Willoughby Street, the two topped out residential towers at City Point, and Two Trees’ 36-story BAM South Tower. Today we have an update on 333 Schermerhorn Street, aka The Hub, thanks to YIMBY reader and prolific photographer Tectonic.
Excavation is imminent at 816 Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights, where ELH Management is planning a five-story, eight-unit mixed-use building, according to Brownstoner. Located two blocks north of the Brooklyn Museum stop on the 2/3 trains, the eight apartments will be rented at below-market rates, and 3,135 square feet of retail space will span the ground floor. Dattner is designing, and the site’s former rent-regulated predecessor burnt down in 2010.
Since a vast industrial swath of Mott Haven was rezoned in the South Bronx several years ago, affordable housing developers have slowly begun to build in the area, taking advantage of large vacant lots and cheap, derelict factories. One such developer has filed plans for a 12-story affordable building at 491 Gerard Avenue, a block over from the Major Deegan Expressway and a short walk from the 2, 4 and 5 trains at 149th Street-Grand Concourse.
Fifteen years ago, the city emptied out the block-long Prospect Plaza housing project in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, promising to redevelop and move the 1,500 former residents back in. Last year, NYCHA finally demolished the four dilapidated apartment towers and began construction on 364 units of affordable housing. YIMBY recently stopped by the site on Park and Prospect Places between Saratoga and Howard Avenues. Phase 1 of the development has taken shape on the north side of Prospect Place, and windows are already going in on both buildings.