Yair Siton , doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 669 MacDonough Street, in Ocean Hill, located two blocks from the Halsey Street stop on the J train. The new building will measure 5,000 square feet, and there will be two units per floor on the ground through third floors. The structure will be topped by a single unit on the fourth floor featuring a fifth-floor penthouse. Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Planning is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide lot is currently vacant.
Brooklyn-based Isaac Stern, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings at 1598-1600 Eastern Parkway, in southern Ocean Hill, located nine blocks south of the Rockaway Avenue Station on the A and C trains. Each one will measure 7,620 square feet in total, and they will have a combined total of 12,382 square feet of residential space. That means units will average 774 square feet apiece, although the top two units in each structure will be larger because those will have access to fifth-floor penthouses. Hudson Valley-based Kenneth Thomas is the applicant of record. The 40-foot-wide lot has been long-vacant.
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%.