BrooklynBoss Properties is planning to convert and possibly expand the two-story, 11,500 square-foot building at 661 Driggs Avenue, in northwest Williamsburg, into commercial-retail space. Several restaurant and retail tenants have come forward, including Shake Shack, although a tenant(s) has not been decided on. The building can be expanded by 4,000 square feet, which could be in the form of residential units, depending on the tenant. The owner acquired the property for $5.7 million this past summer.
Zachary Kleinhandler, of KLM Equities and Brannon Realty, has filed applications for a two-story, 4,826 square-foot commercial-retail building at 50 Spring Street, in Nolita, right around the corner from the 6 train’s stop at Spring Street. The building will contain a mezzanine level between the first and second floors, effectively pushing the building’s roof height to 36 feet above street level. Long Island-based Steven Levine is the architect of record, and permits were filed in August to demolish an existing four-story, three-unit building.
Anthony Demarinis, of Long Island-based Home Builders Associates, has filed applications for a two-story, 5,139 square-foot commercial building at 150-46 – 150-48 14th Avenue, in Whitestone’s small commercial core. The project will technically be split between two buildings, but both will contain only retail space. Great Neck-based Frank Petruso is the architect of record, and the lot is currently being used for parking.
UDR, owner of the Rivergate residential building at 401 East 34th Street, in Kips Bay, will be allowed to build a small retail building on the corner of First Avenue and East 35th Street, according to DNAinfo. Since part of the property is public space, some thought UDR should have to go through the ULURP process, but Community Board 6 voted against that. The retail building will measure 2,000 square feet in total, and the park will also undergo a renovation with upgrades.
This past summer, YIMBY brought you a construction update on the five-story commercial project at 100 West 125th Street, in Harlem, and now the building appears to have topped-out, according to Harlem+Bespoke. Jeff Sutton is developing, and the building is nearly fully reserved by a slew of retail tenants, including Whole Foods, Burlington Coat Factory, Raymour and Flanigan, and TD Bank, among others. Staten Island-based Gambino and Laporta Architecture is designing, and a 2016 opening appears likely.