Back in February, we learned that the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the School Construction Authority (SCA) are planning a 600-student elementary school on block “F” of the Hunters Point South mixed-use, mixed-income mega-development, located in southwestern Long Island City. Now, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is preparing to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two residential portions of the mega-project, one located on block “F” adjacent to the school, and the other on block “G,” Crain’s reported. Together, the two buildings are expected to include at least 750 residential units, of which 450 would rent at below-market rates. There would also be retail space and some form of community facility space. Proposals will be due in September, and a development team will be selected in early 2017.
It’s been nearly a year since we checked in on Related’s rental development at 261 Hudson Street, and a lot has happened since then. Thanks to photos from our friend Tectonic, we can see that façade work on the 12-story project is nearly complete.
Back in December of 2015, updated renderings were revealed of the 11-story, 44-unit mixed-use building under development at 613 Baltic Street, in northern Park Slope, located six blocks south of the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop on the D/N/R trains. Now, construction is underway on the fifth floor of the structure, as seen in a photo by our friend Tectonic. The structure, dubbed the Baltic, will encompass 83,154 square feet, and will include 3,157 and 2,163 square feet of retail and community facility space, respectively, on the ground floor. The residential units will be condominiums, averaging 1,339 square feet apiece, and two- and three-bedroom apartments are currently on the market. Amenities include a fitness center, landscaped gardens and terraces, a roof deck featuring lounges, grills, and dining areas, a movie theater, storage for 22 bikes, and a 10-car garage in the cellar. JDS Development Group is the developer and VOA Architecture is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.
The Vass Stevens Group has filed applications for two six-story, nine-unit mixed-use buildings at 30-85 – 30-87 31st Street, in central Astoria, located two blocks from the Broadway stop on the N/Q trains. Each will measure 10,249 square feet and will contain 765- and 833-square-foot retail and medical office components, respectively, on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units, located across the second through sixth floors, should average 707 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. The structures will be topped by an outdoor terrace on the roof. Queens-based Gerald J. Caliendo is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, wood-framed house. Demolition permits were filed in December.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, located at 1040 Grand Concourse, on the corner of East 165th Street in the South Bronx, is planning a $25 million overhaul and expansion of their 36,000-square-foot facility. The expansion will include more exhibition space and a “glassed-in” area for educational and community programing, the New York Times reports. Venezuelan-American architect Mónica Ponce de León, head of MPdL Studio, will be responsible for the design of the expansion. The museum will remain open during the construction. The first phase is expected to be complete by 2020. The city has already contributed roughly $7 million to the project.