Permits Filed: 487 West 129th Street, Manhattanville

487 West 129th Street, image from Bing Maps487 West 129th Street, image from Bing Maps

This morning, YIMBY wrote about a permit filing on Amsterdam Avenue, in the Manhattanville section of Harlem, for a 48-unit apartment building with a grocery store and community facility space.

Now we’ve come across another new building application in the neighborhood, this one at 487 West 129th Street. There, on the north side of the street between Amsterdam and Convent, Aufgang Architects has submitted an application to construct a nine-story, 69-unit apartment building.

When reached by telephone, the developer – listed on the filing as Jonathan and Michael Feigenbaum of The George of Harlem LLC – said that it’s too early to comment on any plans for the site.

The permit application, though, indicates that the 69 apartments would be spread over a bit more than 47,000 square feet of net residential space, for an average unit size of less than 700 square feet, strongly hinting at either market-rate or affordable rentals.

While the blocks around the site are largely residential and institutional, with buildings ranging from old law tenements and garden apartments to public housing towers and school buildings, this particular block was largely industrial until a 2009 spot rezoning, to make way for a 103-unit residential building that never materialized. In any case, the blocks between this one and 125th Street were rezoned a few years later to allow for residential uses as-of-right.

The project would include 35 parking spaces, which is the minimum that the city’s politicians and planners require for this Manhattan location. Nevermind the five subway services within easy walking distance and the complete lack of off-street parking in most apartment buildings in the area.

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