Back in 2014, the Brooklyn Public Library floated the idea of redeveloping its Sunset Park branch – at 5108 Fourth Avenue, located on the corner of 51st Street – into a mixed-use building with a new library and affordable residential units. Now, the Brooklyn Public Library and non-profit developer Fifth Avenue Committee are planning to move forward with an eight-story, 49-unit mixed-use project, DNAinfo reports. The team is expected to begin the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) within the coming weeks. If approved, the building would feature a 21,000-square-foot library. The current single-story, 12,200-square-foot branch, which is in need of repairs, would be demolished. Fifth Avenue Committee would acquire the property from the city to develop the project.
Back in February of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 12-story, 42-unit condominium building at 1 John Street, in DUMBO. Then in June of 2015, we reported on the project when its skeleton was 10 stories constructed. Now, the 123,200-square-foot structure is fully clad, Curbed NY reports. Dubbed One John Street, its residential units should average a spacious 2,801 square feet apiece. The condos will range from two- to four-bedroom configurations and include four penthouses. Amenities include a landscaped rooftop deck, individual rooftop cabanas, a waterfront promenade, a fitness center, a bike storage room, laundry facilities, and private residential storage units. The ground floor will feature a 3,000-square-foot restaurant and 2,551 square feet of space for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Studio. Occupancy is expected this summer. Alloy Development (who designs its project’s in-house) and Monadnock Construction are the developers.
The four-story tenement buildings at 1154-1156 Dekalb Avenue, in central Bushwick, are now being renovated into a 100-bed, male-exclusive homeless shelter, according to DNAinfo. Occupants of the homeless shelter are expected to live there for an average of nine months. After two years, the building will be turned into a permanent supportive housing facility, per the New York City Department of Social Services. The Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs will operate the homeless shelter. Damon House, the owner of the buildings, operated a drug treatment facility on the property until the facility’s closure in January. The structures are currently vacant. A deed restriction on the properties requires that they be used for homeless New Yorkers.
Midtown-based Badillo Partners has filed applications for a three-story, 29,164-square-foot church, to be operated by Iglesia Pentecostal El Calvario, at 114 Suydam Street, in Bushwick, located two blocks from the Central Avenue stop on the M train. It will feature a lobby, an assembly room, classrooms, and a kitchen on the ground floor, followed by a house of worship, classrooms, and offices on the second floor, and finally meeting rooms, offices, and a rectory on the third floor. Peter Bafitis’s Chelsea-based RKTB Architects is the architect of record. The church’s former two-story building was demolished in January.
The growing Orthodox population in northern Bed-Stuy needs more schools and daycares, and one South Williamsburg-based program is building a new location south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to fill that need. The Williamsburg Infant and Early Childhood Development Center has filed plans for a six-story building at 430 Park Avenue.