With more than 70 percent of properties on the Upper West Side landmarked, and many more built out to their maximum zoned capacity, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for growth in what is one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.
But towards the northern end of the neighborhood, which has not (yet?) been frozen by historic districts and which still has some under-built lots, there are still a few development sites.
And Great Neck-based Borough Equities, headed by partner Reuben J. Pinner, has found one at 952 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of West 107th Street, a few blocks from where the Upper West Side ends and Morningside Heights begins.
There, the developer is seeking to erect a seven-story mixed-use building, with a church topped by six stories of apartments.
The site is currently home to a weedy one-story brick structure owned by the Pentecostal Church of God Emmanuel, which will presumably be the “house of worship” that will occupy 3,000 square feet of space in the building, with the church on the ground level and its offices in the cellar.
Above that will sit 15 apartments spread over more than 17,000 square feet of space, for an average unit size of around 1,150 square feet – which, in this market, likely means condos. The second floor will have four units, with the number of apartments per floor gradually decreasing until culminating in a full-floor penthouse on the seventh floor.
The architect is listed as Lawrence Pinner, who shares an office and a last name with the developer.
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