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New Upscale Condominium Bldg to Be Built on Avenue U in Gravesend



Anyone in the Gravesend neighborhood who noticed new permits filed for a new five-story residential building at 326 Avenue U were left to use their imaginations if they wanted to picture what the proposed structure would look like. YIMBY has an exclusive first look at the proposed design, by IMC Architecture. The building follows their mission for creating intelligent sustainable communities by utilizing efficient design and planning, YIMBY reports.

A simplistic two-tone palette on the building will try maximizing the aesthetics of the material for a fresh engaging product. Angular terraces will be included on the second through fifth floors. It looks as though a rooftop terrace could also be up top, but the permits are not specific, according to descriptions of the plans by YIMBY.

The 55-foot tall structure will take up 9,060 square feet, with 6,340 square feet dedicated to residential use. Five condominiums will be created. One will extend into the penthouse space to create a duplex.

Astoria-based Vardo Construction Corporation is listed as responsible for the development.

An estimated completion date remains unknown, and the building permits have not been approved yet, YIMBY reports. Vardo Construction Corp is located at 1850 Steinway St. in Astoria and has been in the business of single-family housing construction since 1984.

In the original filing, Brooklyn-based Scarano Realty listed a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 326 Avenue U. The project will include retail space in the cellar and on a mezzanine level connected to the ground floor. The residential units will be located on the second through sixth floors and with an average of about 626 square feet apiece, which YIMBY said is indicative of rental apartments. Amenities will include six off-street parking spaces, storage for 20 bikes, a recreation room on the ground floor, laundry facilities, and a roof terrace, YIMBY reported. David Silberman’s Flushing-based firm is the applicant of record, and the 2,227-square-foot property is currently vacant, YIMBY reported.

The Avenue U stop on the F train is down the block, with Avenue U stops nearby on the BMT Sea Beach line for the N train and the IND Culver line for the Q train. The area has a number of Jewish businesses, including highly respected butchers. Crossing into Sheepshead Bay and over Coney Island Avenue, on the way to the Q train, leads to an area flourishing with Asian restaurants and markets. The Brooklyn beaches are only about two miles south and can be accessed easily by train or by way of the oldest greenway in America by walking or biking down the Ocean Parkway greenway.

By: Bob Meyers

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