In the fall of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications filed by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for the Rescue 2 firehouse, a new three-story, 27,114-square-foot fire station planned at 1815 Sterling Place, in Ocean Hill. Dezeen has revealed renderings of the building, being designed by Studio Gang Architects. The exterior will be clad in precast concrete panels and red-glazed terra cotta. The facility will include dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, office and storage space, a gym, and third-floor will feature outdoor space. Fire training will also occur at the site. The city has reportedly approved the project, and construction will begin this summer. Completion is expected in late 2017.
It was in July of 2014 that YIMBY brought you word of plans for the site of an office building at 199 Jay Street, at the corner of the small section of Nassau Street before the Manhattan Bridge ramps, in Downtown Brooklyn. A month later, we showed you a rendering of the project. Since then the existing building was demolished. Other than that, however, the project has barely pierced the ground, as seen in photos sent to us by our friend Tectonic, and it has a long way to go before it achieves its 33-story design.
While 2014 was a banner year for new building filings in the five boroughs with 44,817 new units entering the DOB pipeline, 2015 saw a substantial decrease in activity. With 33,973 units filed in new developments over the course of last year, year-over-year filings decreased by almost 25%.
Jamaica-based BTML Development Corp. has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 916 Herkimer Street, in Ocean Hill, located two blocks from the Ralph Avenue stop on the C train. The project will measure 6,574 square feet in its entirety and will have 4,487 square feet in residential space, which means units will average 748 square feet apiece. A fifth-floor penthouse is also part of the plan. Forest Hills-based ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record. The existing two-story townhouse was recently filed for demolition.
Ocean Hill, the triangular neighborhood just west of Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, has become the final frontier for developers priced out of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. Builders pick up decrepit row houses or empty lots in the area, and put up rentals that are generally cheaper than Stuyvesant Heights to the west.