Slow projects: two years and no building permits

To get an idea why some projects take longer than others, PincusCo Media looked at the three largest new building projects pre-filed with the city’s Department of Buildings in June of 2018 that have not yet received permits to begin construction. Two were in Brooklyn and one was in the Bronx. All were less than 50,000 square feet.

The largest of the three was Miriam and Ken Chan’s project filed through their company 32 Tower LLC, that called for construction of a 52-unit, 46,785-square-foot, mixed-use building at 32 India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The plans, pre-filed on June 28, 2018, called for construction of a 67-foot tall, six-story residential building.

The project is described in the filings as: supersede job 320627951 and 310127163. Build new six-story, plus cellar commercial store, ambulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facility offices and residential apartment mixed use building.

Miriam Chan bought the property for $7.15 million in 2006 and originally filed new building plans in April of 2008. Those plans were permitted two years later, but the building was never constructed. In 2014, the Chans again filed plans. The first of them came on September 26, 2014. They twice filed updated plans, on November 7, 2014 and December 18, 2014, though none ever received permits.

After filing the above-mentioned June 28, 2018 plans, the Chans again filed updated plans on June 26, 2019. The plans are still awaiting permits.

Direct link to DOB document. LINK

The second largest plans were filed by Elie Fourti, of 1731-1741 Grand Avenue LLC, on June 8, 2018. The plans called for an 80-foot tall, eight-story, 32-unit, 25,135-square-foot residential building at 1739 Grand Avenue in Highbridge, the Bronx. The plans indicated 4,420 square feet would be used for a ground-floor medical facility, and 23,860 square feet for residential space.

The project is described in the filings as: filing to construct eight-story new building.

The plans have never received a permit.

Direct link to DOB document. LINK

The last plans were filed by Barry Schless, using MVM Ocean LLC, on June 13, 2018. The plans called for construction of an 80-foot tall, eight-story, 31-unit, 20,821-square-foot residential building at 571 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn.

The project is described in the filings as: proposed new eight-story plus cellar residential building.

The plans indicated residents would have 250 square feet of recreational space within the cellar, as well as a laundry room.

Two updated plans were filed the following day, on June 14, 2018. The developer again filed updated plans on May 26, 2020 and then again three days ago on June 26, 2020. However, none have been permitted.

The building was purchased for $1.275 million in May of 2018.

Direct link to DOB document. LINK

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