Over the summer, YIMBY reported on filings for an eight-story mixed-use building at 98-02 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, and now DNAinfo has the latest information on the project, which will have 60 rental apartments. The new building will encompass 75,000 square feet and will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Retail will span the entire ground floor and 7,000 square feet of community space will be located on the first level. The residential units on the top seven floors will average 657 square feet apiece. George Baharestani’s Bahar Corporation is developing, and Forest Hills-based Peter Casini is the architect of record. The existing single-story retail building will be demolished in the spring once the remaining tenants have vacant the property. Demolition permits were filed last October. Completion is expected in the second half of 2017.
Back in 2014, a row of five four-story, four-unit residential buildings were built from 1038-1052 42nd Street, in northern Borough Park, and now five more buildings have been granted permits on the same block. Adjacent to the completed buildings, there will be three four-story, four-unit residential structures at 1054-1058 42nd Street. The residential square footage of each building varies, but will total between 5,500 and 6,000 square feet. Closer to Fort Hamilton Parkway, two seven-story mixed-use buildings are planned at 1060-1066 42nd Street. Both structures will have retail and community facility space, but one will contain nine residential units and the other will have 10 units.
The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) has officially kicked off for the proposed 23-story, 335-unit mixed-use building at 2 Sherman Avenue, in the Fort George section of Washington Heights, located four blocks from stops on either the A or 1 trains. The project, developed by Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust, will include retail space and a community facility. According to Politico New York, the project will be the first to utilize Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, which requires developers to rent 30 percent of the residential units at below-market rates in exchange for a rezoning. The mayor’s program is expected to be voted on over the next few months. If the program is not established, the developers will go ahead with the city’s current system, which would require 20 percent of the units to be affordable. An existing two-story commercial building must first be demolished.
Daniel Brodsky is planning to build a 180,000 square-foot addition to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between East 80th and 84th streets on the Upper East Side. According to the New York Post, the expansion would include a Southwest Wing to showcase modern and contemporary art, and possibly additional galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas exhibits. The expansion will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects and won’t rise taller than the existing two-million-square-foot art museum. Plans will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the structure is an individual landmark (with additional interior landmarked spaces; it’s also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places). Brodsky recently completed the museum’s $65 million David H. Koch Plaza, which runs along Fifth Avenue in front of the building.
YIMBY can barely keep up with all the new development happening in Flushing and its nearby suburbs, which are quickly expanding with new East and South Asian immigrants. Yesterday, we spotted plans for a six-story, mixed-use building at 35-20 146th Street, in Murray Hill, just east of Flushing.