Work at 834 Sterling Place
  • Those of us attending a community board meeting about 1 1/2 year ago were advised that the owners of this factory near Nostrand intended to convert this derelict factory into storage and office space, but wanted a height variance. We never heard back from them about their plans.

    Today in a chance conversation with an employee of the owner, I was advanced that the project is moving forward. Indeed, as he pointed out, that dilapidated awning was removed last week.

    It would nice to see this eyesore removed. Here's a link to what the Dept of Buildings has to say on the matter.

    Renovation of this property will just about complete the transformation of this once dreary block. In that last couple of years we've seen added to the block 2 dialysis centers and just recently a new construction project to total 82 apartments. Rumor has it that the abandoned warehouse on Sterling Place and Rogers Avenue is slated for a new housing project as well.

    Viva la difference!
  • Oddly enough, I actually like the character of the warehouse and the awning, although I agree that that stretch of Sterling seems somewhat desolate.

    I used to live in Clinton Hill, which has a couple of storage facilities in the neighborhood. Those monstrosities (most notably the one on Washington and Atlantic) are an eyesore to say the very least. I hope that nothing like that is slated for Sterling!
  • Subject: guest

    Is that the building that has the very cool colored glass on the second story? when you can see inside it seems like an amazing art space. I hope the renovations don't change that - i love those windows. But I thought the downstairs was a parking garage? Or is this on the opposite side of the street? I also thought that building was the one busted as a crack house earlier this year.
  • The parking garage is definitely across the street and the crack house, was a house, 865 Sterling, across Nostrand from this warehouse.

    I too am sorry they took off the awning - I though it would make for a great cafe with tables and chairs underneath and a huge space inside.

    Such dreams....
  • Laudanum wrote: The parking garage is definitely across the street and the crack house, was a house, 865 Sterling, across Nostrand from this warehouse.

    I too am sorry they took off the awning - I though it would make for a great cafe with tables and chairs underneath and a huge space inside.

    Such dreams....

    The company that is moving there is a remarkable outfit. They design and market stamps for developing countries. Apparently stamps are big revenue generators for small countries who come up with unique and colorul stamps that become collector items. The company represents dozens of small African and Pacific island countries and is owned by a family of Hasidim living in Crown Heights. According to the plan that the owner presented at the community board many months ago, the intention is to move their worldwide HQ's to Sterling Place. Currently it is in Manhattan.

    They may or may not also have a secure warehouse for stamps at the location as well. Stamps, once issued, are very valuable and must be kept in a secure warehouse. I guess the owner was being obscure about the warehouse for obvious security reasons.
  • Several years ago, this thread began with Capt Planet's attempts to get a variance for the property.

    Fast forward almost 5 years and the neighborhood has changed.

    Hello Living (locally known for its properties on Pacific near Washington) has purchased the site for $3M, and has big plans for the site:

    Brownstoner wrote:

    Plans have been approved for six (6) stories and forty-six (46) units. No word whether rentals or condos, but the previous nine Hello Living buildings sold condo units.

    ...development comes to Nostrand!

  • Not that this comment has much to do with this thread but I heard a report on 880 AM this morning that the developers around Barclay's are asking the unions to take a 25% pay cut so that they can fulfill their promise to build housing around the center. I guess you never have enough money.

  • The building at 834 Sterling Place is also being discussed on a thread entitled Changes on Nostrand 2013+

  • But there is no reason we can't discuss it here too.

    Here is a photo of it today.

    It looks like it might be ready for occupancy by November 2014.

  • I'm really interested in this building. I have been watching the space since I moved to Crown Heights last winter. According to hl's website, they're installing the windows now which are supposed to be really neat.
  • When will they ticket those cars and trucks that frequently park on the sidewalk near the day care and garage? Doesn't the garage have enough space of thier own? Why is parking on sidewalks always tolerated in this PCT?  Duh, its called a side "walk".
  • I don't think they are going to make my Nov 2014 estimate. They seem to have recently resolved a DOB stop work order.

    So, we might be looking at at a Dec or Jan occupancy if they really work on this...
  • The envelope is closed, and the building is looking like it will be ready for occupancy in a few months.

    I'll guess May.

  • The balconies are HUGE.
  • Balconies don't count toward a building's FAR, and are very popular with whoever designs the Hello Living buildings.

    Mid rise, new buildings.

  • The Hello Living developer is originally from FL. All his buildings are reminiscent (to me) of FL beach condos. 
  • It is clear to me that the main design imperative for Hello Living is moving as much living space and as many building services as possible to exterior spaces that don't count against FAR, in order to provide the biggest apartment possible for the money. Aesthetics unfortunately suffer.

    I, personally, would prefer the zoning code be loosened a bit, at least in the FAR department, so such tradeoffs didn't need made. Likewise, loosen the parking requirements anywhere near a subway or SBS line.
  • I am all for zoning that encourages New Urbanism, but I think the thing that would cause me to avoid living in this building is that fact that the balconies reduce the amount of natural light that enters the apartment.

  • New Urbanism is usually more about using zoning to encourage people to build suburbs that look more like 1920s streetcar suburbs as opposed to 1980s shit suburbs. I certainly prefer the 1920s streetcar suburb I grew up in to a modern suburb where it's impossible to walk anywhere, but I like genuinely urban neighborhoods even better. In an urban context, I favor something that tends more toward Old Urbanism, like the lightweight 1916 Zoning Code ( ), as opposed to the relatively anti-urban 1961 Zoning Code ( ).
  • Being that tenants will pay lots of $ for a parking spot, the codes requiring them often match demand.

    ...developers do not always perceive them as a huge burden to comply with.
  • Surprisingly, a YIMBY writer writes about the site today, but does not predict when it will open:
  • I noticed that Eli's attorney filed for an offering plan with the Attorney General in June.  Plans can be approved in as little as six months, so he might be able to proceed with marketing at any time.

  • whynot_31 said:

    Being that tenants will pay lots of $ for a parking spot, the codes requiring them often match demand.

    ...developers do not always perceived them as a huge burden to comply with.

    In some markets, yes. But the same would be true if the zoning code required Jacuzzis.
  • We briefly had a moment when builders were told by the market to include big tubs with water jets, but that craze seems to have passed.

    On the contrary, people really love and really hate cars.

    If parking spots ever lose their value, developers will get the regulations requiring them removed part because locals will stop insisting that any new developments include them.

    Until then, the writers at Streetsblog will be mostly unsuccessful.
  • The Hello Living website indicates the offering plan for this development has been approved.  I assume more marketing material will follow soon. 

  • I look forward to that offering plan.

    In sharp contrast to many of the mid to large size buildings presently being developed in the area, this building will be composed of condos.

    ...Condos that I expect to be around $1000 PSF.
  • Contractors are working today, Saturday, to put the finishing touches on the units.

  • Wood fence and scaffolding now gone. Time for some appliances and landscaping.

  • Eww. Looks like a prison. Or mutli-level parking lot. Or communist office building. Maybe the photos don't do it justice, but its disappointing how a lot of these new developments go for quite the gloomy and boring designs and colors.
  • I think they still have always to go before the building is prettied up enough for buyers. I really hope landscaping and lighting will soften the outside of this a bit.
  • The balconies look like they will prevent a lot of natural light from getting in, which is unfortunate.

    I am interested in seeing whether they get any light from the back.

    I hope to get in to see some units when they are listed, and want to see how close to $1000 PSF they get.

    I think we will see a lot of double income families with children under 4, and DINKs.
  • Night shot

  • Whynot_31 to Hello Living: "Please send me specs when sales launch. Thanks."

    Hello Living to Whynot_31: You can download floor plans for your reference layouts.pdf?dl=0

    and here is a video of the model unit:

    I only have one 1 bedroom apartment left at $510K. I am starting to get people in for sneak previews before a grand opening sometime in the summer. We expect the Certificate of Occupancy in mid-July. Would you be interested in seeing these?

    Fouad Eduard Rahmé
    Director of Sales and Acquistions
    Hello Living, LLC
    +1 (646) 207-6081
    Sent from my iPhone
  • The video above is definitely worth clicking thru to watch.    It shows a 2 BR, which is going to run much more than $510k.   So snazzy!

    The light one gets from the windows on the back of the building is quite nice.
  • Is faux stone the new exposed brick?
  • In the video, one of the bedrooms has exposed unpainted cinder block.
  • Exposed concrete block?  Kind of reminds me of 542 St. Marks, another of the architect's experiments which turned into a rental after failing as a condo.
    The vast outdoor space would be great in Miami, not such much so in Brooklyn in January.  None the less, viva la difference.  Certainly not the predictable sterility found in most new developments.

  • Nothing says NYCHA to me like exposed cinder block.

    ....let's see if there are buyers who think differently. In the present market, there probably are.

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