I am glad that at least the fire fighters no longer have to guard the site.
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Look! Up in the air! UPDATE: Washington/St Johns Fire
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Brownstoner has a good, post-heavy equipment picture
The building to the left of the site was heavily damaged, and has been undergoing repairs for months.
The word is that it will have tenants once again in May. Calabar Imports will re open at that time.
Brownstoner reports that a new building is coming our way:
As everyone is aware, the building in which the fire started was torn down.
The fire also damaged the building next door, and the tenants had to live elsewhere while the repairs were done.
Today's good news: Those repairs are now complete. The former tenants can soon move back in, and the scaffolding was taken down today.
Calabar Imports (the small boutique that occupied the ground floor of the "damaged, but not destroyed building") will re-open soon.
Given the neighborhood's boom, I did not expect this property to remain vacant for long.
Top floor looks like crap in the rendering, but maybe it'll look better in reality...
$1700 for a 4-bedroom apartment! Crazy... wish I could qualify for one of those, but I know I wouldn't.
The top floors will likely get views of Manhattan.
...and the apartments on the top floors are "new units" and, thus, won't have to be rented for the prior HCR rates, or subject to a lottery.
I predict the rent these units, as well as the increased rent that will be obtained from the new ground floor commercial space will be enough for the landlord to have nice profit.
Eventually, all of the units will become unstabilized, and then he will do VERY NICELY.
It's not bad at all. It reminds me of the Abigail's building, which I think is about as lovely and contextual a new construction as it gets around here.
Like Abigail's, the top floor will not attract much attention from the street level, but will be easier to keep cool in the summer thanks to the more reflective pointing.
The original rendering rarely look much like the finished product, so I find it hard to think about how they look.
Likewise, this owner has the right to build whatever meets code, and is not subject to my aesthetic preferences. ...so I find it hard to think about how it will look.
The new, higher end storefront will certainly be welcome.
Do you want to go to a meeting about the proposed building?
The NYC Board of Standards and Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on TUESDAY, NOV 28, 2012, 1:30 PM, at SPECTOR HALL, 22 READE STREET (MANHATTAN) for the following application:
Variance to permit construction of a mixed-use affordable housing building with ground floor commercial use contrary to 23-851 (minimum inner court dimensions). C1-4/R7A zoning district.
Address: 816 Washington Ave., SW corner of Washington & St. John's Place
Applicant: Sheldon Lobel, for Prospect Equities Operation, LLC, owner
Community Board: 8BK
Anything is better then the pit that's there now. Build it!Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.
- Erik Satie
Update: As a result of the above meeting and other processes, the owner's request to have "ground floor commercial use contrary to 23-851 (minimum inner court dimensions). C1-4/R7A zoning district" was granted.
Here's the text of the ruling:
I assume that the owners are now arranging financing and contractors, and hope that construction begins soon.
July 22, 2013
A hopeful sign!
Today, a large dumpster can be seen outside the lot. Workers have removed the debris that people have thrown over the fence for the past several years:
doors, plywood, milk crates, crap of all varieties....
Does this mean we will soon see a freshly printed Work Permit on the plywood, followed by an an excavator to remove the remains of the prior building for its "basement"?
I hope so.
However, this Feb 2013 document seems to state an approved plan is on file: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=3&passjobnumber=320373742&passdocnumber=01
Here's the basics:
District(s): R7A - GENERAL RESIDENCE DISTRICT
Overlay(s): C1-4 - LOCAL RETAIL DISTRICT
Map No.: 16c Street legal width (ft.): 80 Street status: Public Private
Zoning lot includes the following tax lots: Not Provided
Proposed: Use Zoning Area (sq.ft.) District FAR
RESIDENTIAL 12,580 R7A 3.21
COMMERCIAL 3,135 C1-4 0.74
Proposed Totals: 15,715 -- 3.95
Name: LARRY HIRSCHFIELD
Relationship to Owner: MEMBER
Business Name: PROSPECT EQUITIES OPERATING LLC Business Phone: 718-855-5620
Business Address: 98 ROCKWELL PLACE 4TH FLOOR BROOKLYN NY 11238 Business Fax:
E-Mail: Owner Type: PARTNERSHIP
Aug 20, 2013:
The dumpster was only in front of the site for a few days.
They filled it up with the crap that has accumulated on the site, and then removed it.
3 weeks later, and we still don't permits or an excavator.
Just out of curiosity, did the arsonists who burned the building ever get prosecuted?
I don't know if they concluded arson was the cause.
But here is another video of the fire.
Until construction begins, the wall is becoming a popular place for street art: