A nonprofit that operates supportive housing wants to expand its facilities in Crown Heights, but it will have to do more work on the plan. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission did not approve plans for the Institute for Community Living’s campus at 839 St. Marks Avenue, on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue in the Crown Heights North Historic District.
Back in November of 2015, construction was well underway to restore the two-story, 3,000-square-foot former New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building, also known simply as the Coignet Building, an individual landmark located at 360 Third Avenue, in Gowanus. Since then, construction of the new façade has finished and new windows have been installed. DNAinfo reports the project was also recently awarded the Lucy G. Preservation Moses Award by the New York Landmarks Conversancy. Whole Foods Market restored the exterior of the building and has placed the property on the market for $5 million. It could eventually be used as retail or community facility space, although the interiors still have to be gut-renovated. BL Companies is the applicant of record and Jablonski Building Conservation aided in the design process.
This past December, the city launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the commercial development site at 2325 Third Avenue, in East Harlem. The plot is part of the mixed-use mega-development E125 that will turn two blocks, the ones bound by East 125th and 127th streets and Second and Third avenues, into roughly 1,000 residential units, up to 700,000 square feet of commercial space, and at least 30,000 square feet of community facilities. The Real Deal reports property owner Park-It Management is filings applications to move forward with another piece of the project at 213 East 125th Street. The existing two-story, nearly 20,000-square-foot commercial property will be expanded into a 14-story, 80-unit mixed-use building. The 96,539-square-foot structure will include 19,211 square feet of commercial-retail on the ground and second floors, and 6,212 square feet of community space on third floor. The apartment units should average 889 square feet apiece. SRA Architecture + Engineering will be designing.
Property owners Byung Woo Lim and Ouk Ja Lim, doing business as an anonymous Long Island-based LLC, have been filing applications since June of 2014 for a three-story, 17,167-square-foot multi-use community facility at 153-03 41st Avenue (a.k.a. 40-23 – 40-27 Murray Street), in Queens’s Murray Hill. According to the latest filing, the new building will include a doctor’s office on part of the ground floor and a daycare on the rest of the ground floor and the entire second and third floors. The cellar will feature a 10-car parking garage. The 75-foot-wide property is currently occupied by two two-and-a-half-story buildings and is located three blocks from the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station. Suk Hwan Kim’s Flushing-based Design Group In H&K is the architect of record.
Brooklyn-based Park Avenue Management has filed applications for a four-story, 6,309-square-foot mixed-use building at 1080 38th Street, in northern Borough Park, located two blocks from the 9th Avenue stop on the D train. The first two floors will contain 3,351 square feet of commercial space in the form of a warehouse and office space. The third and fourth floors will contain a 2,958-square-foot synagogue. Diego Aguilera’s Rego Park-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 1,903-square-foot plot of land is currently occupied by a two-story, two-unit townhouse. Demolition permits were filed earlier this month.