Last year, the de Blasio administration rolled out a program designed to encourage developers to build one- to four-family homes on small city-owned lots. Now the city has filed plans to develop townhouses on 16 vacant properties in East New York, Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
At the corner of West and India Streets in Greenpoint, two starkly different residential developments are about to rise. On the western side of the block, along the East River, two developers have demolished an old envelope factory to make way for a 40-story residential tower. And YIMBY has the first look at the much more modest five-story rental building planned for 144 West Street, on the eastern side of the block.
Property owner Yair Bohadana, operating as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, four-unit residential buildings at 152 Sackman Street and 2441 Dean Street, in Ocean Hill, located five blocks south of the J, Z, L, A, and C trains, as well as the East New York LIRR station. Combined, the buildings will total 6,166 square feet, which means units will average a rental-sized 771 square feet. Bakhtiar Shamloo’s Kew Gardens-based Tabriz Group Design is the architect of record, and the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished by the HDP in 2005.
Earlier this year, YIMBY found an on-site drawing for a new development coming to 44 Kent Street, in Greenpoint. The plans were originally created for Cayuga Capital, but the firm sold the property for $8,750,000 last year to an LLC. Now, we can reveal that Pinny and Moishe Loketch of the Loketch Group are the new developers, and the design has also seen major changes, with Nataliya Donskoy’s ND Architecture and Design taking over the project.
The New York City Fire Department has filed applications for a two-story, 19,082 square-foot facility at 1815 Sterling Place, in Ocean Hill. The building will stand 46 feet tall, boasting very high ceilings for the ground-floor fire house. The facility will include offices, storage, a kitchen, dormitories, and fitness and training rooms, per the Schedule A. The facility is associated with the multi-building Prospect Plaza residential development, located on the same and surrounding blocks. As for the fire house, Jeanne Gang’s Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects is designing.