Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.
Project Manager/Designer: Alex Zhitnik, RA
Existing buildings remain, as new flexible spaces are carved out, forming hierarchy with a base of new residential units, commercial and community spaces, existing residential units in the center, and new residences at the top.The building’s footprint features flexible spaces: inward facing amenities and residential uses, and street facing commercialcommunity spaces.A layering method of design ‘detaches’ the structures to create over 100 acres of open green space at various levels, generating new streetscapes and income, and serving as community spaces that offer interaction opportunities within the complex and with the city.The strategically skewed, “floating" residential units on the top unify the site, creating visual fluidity throughout while maximizing light, air and views. A variety of glass patterns skins these structures, mirroring the sky and East River landscape.
Project Manager/Designer: Albert Faks
The retail corridor spans a five block retail corridor along Kings Highway, between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue, and is located in the neighborhood in which Mr. Scarano was raised.For three generations Robert Scarano's family has been a part of this wonderful, global village of a community, so when some of his neighbors got together, reaching into their own pockets to improve the proverbial 'town square,' we joined them by donating our design expertise and project management services.The Scarano team, supervised by another longtime Gravesend neighbor, project manager Albert Faks, has completed many of the designs for the streetscape, which will include new sidewalks, new street furniture and classically-styled lamp posts, possibly with clocks. Sleekly modern waste receptacles have now replaced the old trash cans and already give the streets a more uniform appearance. In addition, plans are being submitted to the City for curbside planters, additional trees and, eventually, muni-meters to take the place of the rows of rag-tag parking meters that currently line the streets.A small mall at the crossroads of East Fourth and Fifth streets, featuring a colorful array of trees and flowers, was among the first projects completed last spring by the association. The addition of the mall has not only made a visual impact on the street, its location between the intersecting streets has resulted in eight more parking spaces for the area and an immediate boon to nearby businesses.Reflective of neighborhood, the local retail runs the gamut of Kosher shawarma restaurants and pizza parlors to fashion boutiques, pet stores and mom-and-pop groceries. The new plans also include public seating in strategic areas and tee guards to protect existing trees.