In the summer of 2015, Chelsea-based Alfa Development entered into contract to acquire the development site spanning 253-261 Third Avenue (a.k.a 200 East 21st Street), in Gramercy, and now the developer is planning a 20-story, 65-unit mixed-use building. The Real Deal reports the project will measure 104,700 square feet in total and will include 7,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The rest of the new building will contain 65 condominium units, which will come in one- to four-bedroom layouts. BKSK Architects will be responsible for the design. Reportedly, the developers filed permits for the project, although they have yet to hit public record. Demolition permits, however, are on file for all of the assemblage’s existing buildings. Four three-story structures are to be demolished at 253-259 Third Avenue, and a five-story, 12-unit tenement building at 200 East 21st Street will be razed.
Back in 2013, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) and Blumenfeld Development Group signed an agreement to build a 160,000-square-foot retail complex accompanied by a 550-space parking garage across two vacant lots in downtown Jamaica, specifically at 90-01 168th Street and 90-02 168th Street. Then early last year, the developers said they would build an additional 105,000 square feet of retail space and an affordable residential building. DNAinfo now reports the 2013 deal has terminated, effectively halting any plans for the sites. At this point, the GJDC plans to release a new and updated Request for Proposals (RFP), that will more than likely include affordable housing, for both properties later this spring. Both lots are currently being used for surface parking.
In June of 2015, YIMBY revealed renderings of the winning proposal that would bring two mixed-use towers to Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located in southern Brooklyn Heights. The project consists of a 29-story, 192-unit market-rate condominium building with 3,870 square feet of retail and a shorter, 14-story counterpart with 117 affordable and 30 market-rate rental apartments, a preschool, 930 square feet of retail, and a 1,500 square-foot community facility. Curbed NY now reports the project is on hold following relentless community opposition. The Empire State Development Corporation is not approving the project until the city can come to an agreement with the community on it. The city selected RAL Development and Oliver Realty to develop the two vacant sites, with ODA New York as the design architect. Construction was scheduled to begin this spring.
Midtown-based Bridgewater Capital has acquired the vacant 38.8-acre swath of land at 1 Nassau Place, on Staten Island’s South Shore neighborhood of Tottenville, for $30 million. According to The Real Deal, the developer plans to rezone the property, likely through the Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), to build a multi-building residential complex with roughly 220,000 square feet of big-box retail space. Under current zoning, the property could accommodate 3.5 million square feet of industrial or commercial space (in the form of office and retail). Bridgewater hopes to have a partner in the residential component, which would include senior units, and is currently negotiating with New Hyde Park-based Kimco Realty to partner in the retail portion. The site is located directly north of the Nassau station on the Staten Island Railway.
Property owner Peggy Hernandez has filed applications to renovate and expand the dilapidated, vacant tenement building at 497 3rd Street, in Park Slope, located seven blocks north of the 7th Avenue stop on the F and G trains. First reported by DNAinfo, the building would be expanded by 3,254 square feet and would grow from four to six stories. The ground floor would be converted into 455 square feet of retail space and the rest of the expanded structure would have four residential units. There would be one apartment per floor on the second through fourth floors, and a duplex unit on the top two floors. The apartments should average 1,363 square feet apiece, which means condominiums are in the works. Selim Vural’s TriBeCa-based Studio Vural is designing. The property sits outside of Park Slope’s historic districts, so the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval is not required.