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Water Street Rezoning

City Council Approves Rezoning Proposal Allowing Pedestrian Arcade-to-Retail Conversions Along Water Street, Financial District

Earlier this week, the City Council voted to approve a rezoning proposal that would allow landlords of the commercial properties with public pedestrian arcades along Water Street, between Fulton and Whitehall streets in the Financial District, to convert the arcades into retail space in exchange for renovating adjacent public plazas. The total amount of space that could be converted spans 110,000 square feet across 20 buildings, DNAinfo reported. The rezoning requires retail conversions of greater than 7,500 square feet to be approved through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). It also limits the amount of street frontage chain banks and drugstores can take up, and requires the entire height of the arcade to be built out. Future renovations to the existing public plazas in the area could include new seating and planters, among other upgrades.


78 Hicks Street, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 78 Amity Street, Cobble Hill

Fortis Property Group is slowly redeveloping Long Island College Hospital into apartments and an NYU Langone Medical Center, but a smaller project is brewing across the street. Local developer Brandon Hornbeck is demolishing a row of townhouses on Amity and Hicks street to make way for a mixed-use residential building.

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36-18 Main Street

12-Story Hotel-Medical-Retail Complex Now Under Construction at 36-18 Main Street, Flushing

Foundation work is now underway on the site of a long-stalled-out hotel development at 36-18 Main Street, in Downtown Flushing. YIMBY can bring you news of the construction thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. Building permits for the project, which date back to 2004, detail plans for a two-tower, 12-story multi-use commercial complex that encompasses 290,195 square feet. Commercial-retail space will be located on the ground through forth floors in a common podium. One of the towers will contain a 148-key Hotel Indigo on the fifth through 11th floors. The other tower will feature medical offices on the fifth through 11th floors. The complex will also feature restaurants on the third and 12th floors. It will be served by a 345-car underground garage and have storage for 31 bikes. JWC Architect Engineer is the architect of record, while CMA Landmark Associates is developing. Completion is expected in 2018, per a Queens Courier update from 2014.


259-16 79th Avenue

Jain Temple of New York Planning New Facility at 259-16 79th Avenue, Floral Park, Queens

The Jain Temple of New York, based in New Hyde Park, has filed applications for a single-story, 11,621-square-foot temple at 259-16 79th Avenue, located on the corner of 79th Avenue in Floral Park, Queens. The 23-foot-tall religious facility will contain a house of worship and prayer areas, a dining area and kitchen, classrooms, and accessory office space, according to the permits. Rohit D. Misra’s Flatiron District-based Misra Group is the architect of record. The temple will rise on a 10,000-square-foot lot that’s currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.


438 East 12th Street

Six-Story, 82-Unit Steiner East Village Condos Top Out at 438 East 12th Street

Back in March, the six-story, 82-unit mixed-use building began to rise at the block-thru plot at 438 East 12th Street, in the East Village. The complex now appears to be topped out, according to photos by EV Grieve. Dubbed Steiner East Village, it is to encompass 151,943 square feet. That will include 8,376 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 961-square-foot medical offices, also on the ground floor. Its 82 condominiums, averaging 1,315 square feet apiece, will come in one- to four-bedroom configurations. Amenities include a pool and spa, a gym, a library, a children’s playroom, a courtyard, and rooftop gardens. Douglas Steiner’s New Jersey-based Steiner Equities Group, doing business as their New York arm Steiner NYC, is the developer, while S9 Architecture is behind the design. Paris Forino is responsible for the interiors and Future Green Studio is the landscape designer. Completion can be expected in 2017.


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