The first permits are up for the development site at 350 East Houston Street, which uses several addresses; the lot is wedged between 2nd Street, Houston Street, and Avenue C, and the filings were registered under ’11 Avenue C.’ The Real Deal reported on the lot’s sale back in 2012, after it was bought by Hakimian for approximately $8 million; Rotwein & Blake Associated Architects is designing the new building.
350 East Houston will total 41,421 square feet; 4,550 square feet will be dedicated to commercial space, while the remainder of the building will be residential, with a total of 45 units. The development’s mixed-use nature makes sense, as the location is prime for street-front retail, despite its relative removal from the nexus of Houston Street foot traffic.
The site is currently occupied by a Mobil gas station, and its redevelopment will be beneficial to the surrounding neighborhood, reducing automobile traffic while eliminating a mostly-vacant lot. Indeed, gas stations are becoming increasingly rare across Manhattan, and slightly to the west, a BP will soon be redeveloped at 300 Lafayette Street.
No renderings or drawings of 350 East Houston have been released, and permits are awaiting approval; fortunately, demolishing the existing gas station should prove relatively simple. Despite the lack of any public information, construction appears imminent, and the building will eventually stand nine stories tall.
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