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.
In March, Charney Construction and Development paid $80 million for one of the largest remaining residential development sites in Williamsburg. The one-acre site had belonged to the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, which unloaded all of its property except for the iconic Neo-Classical bank at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Construction is underway on the ground floor of the 11-story, 55-unit mixed-use building being developed at 11-51 47th Avenue, in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, located on the corner of 21st Street and Jackson Avenue. The construction can be seen in photos in a post by The Court Square Blog. Dubbed the Jackson, it will eventually measure 70,000 square feet. It will feature 1,226 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, followed by one- to four-bedroom condominiums on the floors above. On average, the apartments should measure 962 square feet apiece. Amenities are to include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a residents’ lounge, a rooftop terrace, storage for bikes, and a 22-car parking garage. Charney Construction & Development, Ascent Development, and Tavros are the developers, while Fogarty Finger is behind the design. Completion is expected in early 2017.
Michael Kirchmann’s GDS Development is working to convert two SoHo buildings – five-story 25 Mercer Street and three-story 27 Mercer Street – into one condo project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Before residents move in, some of the spaces got a bit of an artistic touch.
Back in July of 2015, news broke that Brickman Real Estate and Daniel Loeb were planning to convert the three-story, 160,000-square-foot warehouse at 30-02 48th Avenue, in the Dutch Kills of Long Island City, into office space. DNAinfo now has updated details on the conversion. The building, which will retain its name as The Bindery, will get a 4,000-square-foot lobby featuring space for four food vendors and a communal work area, in addition to amenities like bike storage, a fitness center, a food court, an art exhibit, a cocktail bar, and a roof deck. Filings indicate 69,167 square feet of factory space, spread across all three floors, will remain in the building, while 72,269 square feet will be designated as commercial space. Gut-renovations are expected to begin within the next few weeks. Fogarty Finger is the architect of record.