Pommes Frites, the Belgian fried potato joint in the East Village, was destroyed in a deadly explosion linked to an illegal gas tap on March 26, 2015. Now, the establishment is set to re-open a bit to the west. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved its façade at 128 MacDougal Street, located between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street in the South Village Historic District.
In December of 2014, YIMBY revealed Cornell Realty Management’s plans for a 17-story, 180-key hotel at 245-247 West 34th Street, in Midtown’s Garment District. Those plans have since been discarded, as Cornell and Chetrit Group have divided up their 34th Street assemblage into two separate ownerships. Earlier this year, Cornell announced plans to build a four-story retail complex at 257-263 West 34th Street, and now Chetrit has filed applications for a 32-story, 300-key hotel building at 243-255 West 34th Street. The new building will encompass 155,594 square feet, of which 122,426 square feet will be used as commercial space.
During the summer of 2015, YIMBY reported that demolition was competed on the two-story commercial building at 1 Flatbush Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, excavation is underway for the planned 19-story, 157-unit mixed-use building replacing it, as seen in photos by Tectonic. The new structure will encompass roughly 170,000 square feet, 24,500 square feet of which will be used for retail space across the cellar through second floors. The rental apartments should average 793 square feet apiece, and 32 of them will rent at below market-rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include storage space for 79 bikes in the cellar, a fitness center, followed by entertainment lounges/recreation rooms, a library, a yoga room, all located on the third floor, and a rooftop terrace. Developers Slate Property Group and Meadow Partners landed a $110 million construction loan earlier this year. Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.
It was back in October of 2014 when the seven-story, 22-unit residential building topped out at 164 Attorney Street, on the Lower East Side. Bowery Boogie now reports construction has since been completed on the exterior of the 28,424-square-foot project, which is cladded with grey bricks punctuated by windows. There will be 3,600 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, and the rental apartments above should average 825 square feet apiece. Amenities includes private storage space, storage for 11 bikes, a six-car parking garage, and a rooftop terrace. An anonymous LLC is the developer and Newman Design Group is the architect of record. Completion is expected later this year.
Foundation work kicked off in February for the 27-story, 168-unit residential building underway at 27-19 44th Drive, in the Court Square section of the Long Island City, and now The Court Square Blog reports the structure has since risen three stories above street level. The rapidly ascending 151,021-square-foot project, dubbed Watermark Court Square, will eventually host rental apartments ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. The residential units should average 730 square feet apiece and the ground-floor will feature 2,807 square feet of retail space. Amenities will include a rooftop terrace, a sky lounge, work lounges featuring meeting spaces, a garden, a café, and a fitness center. Twining Properties is the developer and Handel Architects is behind the design. Completion is currently expected in the summer of 2017.