In early January, the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) kicked off for Heritage Equity Partners’ planned eight-story, 400,000-square-foot office/manufacturing building at 25 Kent Avenue, in northern Williamsburg. Now, the City Planning Commission is expected to support rezoning the block for the project, Crain’s reports. But the approval comes at the expense of the proposed neighborhood rezoning, which would establish an “Enhanced Business District” over most of the North Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone (IBZ), allowing for the surrounding blocks to be developed similar to 25 Kent Avenue. The rezoning would grant developers a boost in allowed commercial FAR in exchange for the inclusion of light manufacturing space, identical to a normal community facility FAR bonus. City Planning is expected to approve the application later this month, at which point the City Council will vote on the project. Mayor Bill de Blasio will complete the ULURP review if he decides to sign off on City Council’s pending approval. Rubenstein Partners is partnered in the project, and Gensler and Hollwich Kushner Architecture (a.k.a HWKN) is designing.
Back in 2013, Texas-based Staten Island Marine Development began remediating the 676-acre vacant swath of land located west of the West Shore Expressway and north of Bloomfield Avenue, in Boomfield, Staten Island. Roughly 252 acres of the property will be permanently preserved as wetlands, while 330 acres is expected to be developed into an industrial complex with warehouses, a logistics center, and a marine terminal. Now, applications have been filed for a 46-foot-tall, 450,000- and 970,000-square-foot heavy manufacturing warehouses at 566 Gulf Avenue 586 Gulf Avenue. Matthew Hoelzli’s Garment District-based Marguelies Hoelzli Architecture is the architect of record. In addition to the remediation, the development area is also being raised to at least 10 feet above sea level, as part of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is involved in the preservation of the wetlands.
Back in July of 2015, news broke that Brickman Real Estate and Daniel Loeb were planning to convert the three-story, 160,000-square-foot warehouse at 30-02 48th Avenue, in the Dutch Kills of Long Island City, into office space. DNAinfo now has updated details on the conversion. The building, which will retain its name as The Bindery, will get a 4,000-square-foot lobby featuring space for four food vendors and a communal work area, in addition to amenities like bike storage, a fitness center, a food court, an art exhibit, a cocktail bar, and a roof deck. Filings indicate 69,167 square feet of factory space, spread across all three floors, will remain in the building, while 72,269 square feet will be designated as commercial space. Gut-renovations are expected to begin within the next few weeks. Fogarty Finger is the architect of record.
Brooklyn-based property owner Yanes Gertrudis has filed applications for a small, two-story manufacturing building at 169 Williams Avenue, in northern East New York, located in the manufacturing district southeast of the Broadway Junction transportation hub. The 34-foot-tall building will measure 4,806 square feet in total. There will be 2,612 square feet of manufacturing space on the ground floor, and 2,000 square feet of office space on a mezzanine level and the second floor. Ross William’s Brooklyn-based W.D. Ross P.C. is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500 square-foot parcel is currently vacant.
A year ago, news broke that Jamestown, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon announced plans to infuse $1 billion to renovate and redevelopment parts of the the 16-building, six-million-square-foot industrial complex, dubbed Industry City, located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood. Crain’s now reports the developers are scrapping plans to build a 150,000-square-foot student dormitory at the 32-acre site. The complex’s proposed rezoning still includes the construction of significant retail space and two hotel buildings. Renovation work currently under way includes new windows, elevators, and interiors, and the complex is presently home to manufacturing uses and office space of a variety of sorts. The developers expect to begin the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before 2017.