Brooklyn-based property owner Haim Nortman has acquired, for $10.2 million, 27,500 square feet of air rights from a neighboring property for a mixed-use project planned at 362 West 125th Street, in Harlem. With the additional air rights, the site could accommodate up to 108,588 square feet of mixed-use development. The new building will include commercial space and residential units, Commercial Observer reported, although new building applications have not been filed at this time. The 12,475-square-foot site is occupied by a four-story LaGree Baptist Church. Demolition permits were filed in November. A construction timeline has not been disclosed.
Miami-based Florida Engineering & Development Corp. has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit residential building at 240 West 123rd Street, in Harlem. The project will measure 5,584 square feet and its residential units should average 1,117 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The sixth-floor apartment will also feature space in an upper penthouse. Garment District-based Arias Architecture is the architect of record. The 13-foot-wide, 1,396-square-foot site is vacant. The site was occupied by a dilapidated three-story, 11-unit single-room-occupancy building until 2008, when it was demolished.
2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law. There were occasions to celebrate, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six individual landmarks and four historic districts. 2016 was considerably busier for the commission. It designated 40 individual landmarks and two historic districts, including 12 new Midtown East landmarks and 26 sites from its backlog. Here are all of them, for you to take in as the year comes to a close.
Two years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission floated the idea of clearing its backlog of items from before 2010 by simply de-calendaring all of them. That was not well-received, to put it lightly. So, they devised a series of steps to actually address those 95 items. That process nearly came to an end today, with the designation of 10 new city landmarks.
After half a century on Lenox Avenue just north of Central Park in Harlem, the Second Canaan Baptist Church will meet the wrecking ball to make way for a new apartment building.