Monday, September 26, 2016

Developer to Topple Three Wood Frames on 14th Street

Preparing for the Fall

The obligatory green plywood construction shrouds are up signaling the imminent demolition of three attached row houses located at 225, 227, and 229 Fourteenth Street in our Park Slope South neighborhood to make way for new multifamily residential construction.  

The developer/architect/entrepreneur/cgi enthusiast/ wave rider, Harel Edrey,  aka  e.d.g. Development aka 225 14th St. L.L.C. acquired all three, 100 foot deep properties with a now cumulative 60 feet of street front curb appeal for a little over $4.5 million.
The first property located at 225 14th St. was purchased for $1,375,000 on the 27th of January 2016.
The second 229 14th St. he acquired for $1,410,000 on the 26th of February and finally,
it cost him just $1,725,000 for the third property, 227 14th St., closing on the 22nd of June.  Land acquisition costs (read tear down) have certainly skyrocketed in the past ten years.

New building plans have been filed but not yet approved by the DOB.  Submitted by the architect of record, Issac and Stern Architects, PC. the building plans for 225 14th St. describe a 50 foot tall three family building.  Pretty much cookie cutter for what is allowed by the R6B zoning rules and regulations.  Not sure how these plans will be affected by the acquisition of 227 and 229...Perhaps three separate new buildings or maybe the lots will be combined to make a more massive structure.

Wondering how one buys three neighboring properties anyway?  Is there a domino effect?  When your neighbor sells do you sell before it's too late? Are they abandoning ship after learning new construction was planned? Did the neighbors team up to discuss a selling strategy?  Were they aware they were all selling to the same entity?  
It's interesting to see that the web history of these properties indicate that they were listed by brokers and 229 even had an open house date. 227 was sold with filed and approved building plans for a horizontal and vertical extension of some 676 square feet.

Domino Theory:  225 14th Street pictured center, 227 14th is on far right.

I have posted some interior photos to show you the condition at the time of sale.  They seem to be in reasonably good shape.  In this case all the pre-offering work that went into prepping the houses for sale was for nought as any last minute improvements are headed for the landfill.

I have a close friend who recently sold their long time family home to a "nice young couple just starting out" who then immediately flipped it to a developer to make a profit. The developer demolished the entire structure straight away.  Their practical 1950's starter house was cursed with a million dollar McMansion view...The writing was always on the wall.  

229 14th Street

Before Demolition

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Glassy Palace to Replace House of Sticks.

Land speculators with deep pockets continue to reap the vast supplies of bonus F.A.R. sacrificed by the families of the South Slope during the panic-stricken Prophylactic Down Zoning of 2005.  This redistribution of square footage to a small number of properties along Fourth Avenue felt necessary at the time to fend off multiple attacks against diminutive two story row houses by sun blotting Bricolaged Monsters.  In the end at least we would know our charitable donations were going to be used to provide affordable housing for working families. LIKE THIS!  

 The Great Wall of Fourth Avenue grows up eleven unaffordable shoddy stories into our light and airspace.  Let the demolition begin on 15th Street.

What's that brick turd lurking in the background?

What's that brick turd lurking in the shadows ?   Mighty Purdy Palace Renderings by ROART

With its glassy pink backside to the Slope, entitled terraced  balconies offer unobstructed views to the west and another spectacular Brooklyn sunset.

Monday, March 21, 2016

TarLan Design-Build, LLC Big Lot Big Developments for South Slope

333 14th Street/ 346 13th Street  

South Slope New Construction: The architect of record, Saverio Tarantino of TarLan Design-Build LLC has approved plans for a four story multifamily for 14th Street and three, three-story single family homes planned for 13th Street.
Big Lot, Big Developments.  Demolition complete.  This lot is 50 feet by 200 feet. View from 14th Street looking towards 13th Street

This is the "before" 13th Street side of the lot where three single family homes are planned.  Not sure how the developer decided on which side of the lot to put the single family homes and which side gets the multifamily but the 13th Street medical office building next door has got to be the ugliest building in all of the South Slope.  14th Street is by far the more handsome street if you have to choose.
The "before" photo of the now demolished day care center.  333 14th Street will be developed as a multifamily with off street parking for some 44 automobiles. 
The beautiful brick building on the right belongs to Verizon.  I think it's part of their network grid. The roof is covered in cell phone tower equipment.
Robotic Parking Facilities to be located in the cellar under the 14th Street multifamily.
IMBY always provides Plenty of Plan Porn for you are faithful readers. 
Neighborhood map. Site in Pink

$outh $lope: Looking Good Wood

Sixteenth Street woody get a major face lift.  New windows, new roof, new door, new everything back down to the bones.   T & A Contracting did the work.  Their company should be very familiar to old house restorarians as their handy work is all over Park Slope South and Green Wood Heights.  Here are some process photos for those voyeurs who enjoy seeing a bride stripped bare.

As money pours into the neighborhood and prices skyrocket ($2 million for total gut jobs)  it pleases my little heart to see these old wood frames restored rather than torn down and replaced with F.A.R. fuckers. Especially vulnerable, anything with over twenty feet of street front like this one.

This house has a museum quality slate fireplace with the original faux finished marble effect and the incised gold leaf.  Almost every fireplace I've ever seen lost their finishes during paint stripping and now have the common flat grey green slate look, however nice in its own way, was not the original intention of the builder 100+ years ago.

At dusk the new sunny paint job glows.

They used cement based hardi board planks insted of wood.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

337 11th Street: Metastasis in Progress

Already reduced to a shell of its former glory, prognosis is poor for this two story row house at 337 11th Street just above Fifth Avenue.  Falling within the Avenue's F.A.R. boosting commercial overlay, experts are predicting permittted tumor growth to reach SIXTY FEET in the air by Spring 2017. 
The neighboring property owners have abandoned ship selling recently for a rumored $1.6 million.  I believe it was advertised as a total  gut job. No records up yet on Acris so can't tell you whether it will stay seperate or be consumed by the tumor next door
11  Job Description
Purchaced in 2012 for $950,000 337 11th Street will be engorging an additional two stories (actually something like 27 feet with permitted obstructions and bulkheads) and adding 3,400 more feet of living space.  Plans call for one enclosed parking space.

Plenty of Plan Porn


New Construction: OPerA-tic on 16th $treet

The architects over at OPerA Studio have completely transformed 297 16th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) without destroying the street's diminutive architectural scale.  Unfortunately the Buildings Department has dropped a SWO bomb on the job site for demolishing a garage without a permit.  Hefty fines for that as well as failure to give notice of excavation prior to starting the dig. For bearings, that's 297 on the left and the recently gut reno'ed 299 on the right.  We profiled 299 16th Street back in 2012 where you can see more archival before and after photos.
2011:  A mundane "before" photo lifted from one of our favorite Brooklyn photoblogs Street-Level-NYC.   297 seen here wrapped in asphalt shingles was briefly clad in aluminum siding right before it was put on the market in an effort to boost its curb appeal or possibly/probaly to cure an ECB/Buildings violation for a rotting facade.  It worked, as the property eventually sold for $1.2million to current owners.  
According to OPerA's web site they altered and expanded the old building's exterior by creating a new foundation and enveloping the side and rear facades with masory before demolishing the old structure.  Looks like the construction fence is almost ready to be taken down. I think the exterior wood siding will remain natural in color which i think looks pretty, pretty, good juxtaposed to the black glazed brick on the side extentsion.  
From the Architects website
The narrow alley way between both buildings gets walled.  I believe 299 lost all her side windows which must have been tuff to swallow after just finishing $$$ renovating.  The perils of lotline windows....sad emoji face here.  
Definately not your grandma's South Slope!  Architect's drawing for 297 16th Street lifted from their web page defies belief.
That sure is a lot of stairs to scale at the end of the day.
More Plan Porn
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