Samy Mahfar

255 East Houston Street

Rezoning Withdrawn for 13-Story, 63-Unit Project, 255 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

Developer Samy Mahfar has withdrawn an application to rezone a stretch of East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, which would have introduced a commercial overlay for the targeted area, allowing for commercial-retail space to be built at street level, the Lo-Down reported. That means Mahfar’s planned 13-story, 63-unit mixed-use project at 255 East Houston Street won’t have ground-floor retail space. Instead, the developer plans to move forward with an as-of-right project featuring leasable community facility space. It’s unclear if withdrawing from the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) changes the residential portion in any way. Twenty percent of the apartments (13 units) were set to be rented at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Filings at the Buildings Department haven’t been amended since plans were first filed for a 10-story, 53-unit structure. The Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect. Demolition has commenced on the existing four-story building.


255 East Houston Street

ULURP Underway For 13-Story, 63-Unit Mixed-Use Project At 255 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

Back in August of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 53-unit residential building at 255 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, but now landlord Samy Mahfar is taking the project through Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) in order to build commercial-retail space. According to Bowery Boogie, the latest plans call for 13-story building on East Houston and an eight-story counterpart at 171 Suffolk Street. As proposed, the entire project would encompass 93,015 square feet and includes 7,240 square feet of ground-floor retail space. There would be a total of 63 residential units and 20 percent of them would be rented through the affordable housing lottery. Stephen B. Jacobs Group is designing and completion is tentatively scheduled for 2020. An existing four-story building must first be demolished.