An application for a new building permit was filed earlier today, for a 55,000-square foot mixed-used structure at 99 Morningside Avenue, on the corner of West 123rd Street, in Harlem. The site is currently occupied by the St. Luke Baptist Church, and two older walk-ups.
The building would rise to 111 feet and 11 stories, and have both residential and community facility components (the latter presumably being new space for the church), of 36,301 and 7,761 square feet, respectively. The housing part would hold 22 apartments, and no off-street parking would be included.
The permit filer is Aufgang Architects, and the builder is Azimuth Development Group. While both firms have done a number of affordable housing projects in the past, apartments 1,650 square feet in size – the average at 99 Morningside, according to the application – are generally not found in below-market buildings, and the developer told YIMBY that the project will be market-rate.
Two structures on Morningside Avenue, both owned by the church, will have to be razed to make way for the new building (and possibly a third, at 373 West 123rd, though it may just be contributing air rights). So far, a demolition permit has only been filed for the vacant corner structure. Construction, the developer said, should start by the end of this year.
At one point, Pastor McCann was soliciting donations from St. Luke parishioners to build a traditionally styled, almost Moorish church and community center. But the 11-story building indicated in the permit application does not fit St. Luke’s four-story “Vision of The House” rendering, and the developer told YIMBY that they don’t yet have a drawing of the project.
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