Permits Filed: Two-Building Benenson Rental Project at 432 East 14th Street, East Village

Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432 East 14th Street, photo from EV GrievePeter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432 East 14th Street, photo from EV Grieve

In February, the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on East 14th Street, across from the Stuy Town rental mega-complex, shut its doors.

And now, plans have been filed on behalf of owner Benenson Capital Partners to replace it with an eight-story rental apartment building, the developer confirmed to YIMBY earlier today. (Benenson has owned the through-block site since 1983, and the resulting low land cost basis is likely what allows them to build rentals rather than condos.)

The new building permit application calls for 114 apartments spread over nearly 88,000 square feet of net residential space, for a unit average of around 770 square feet. The filing suggests that the redevelopment would be made up of a north and south building, fronting on East 14th and East 13th Streets, respectively. The latter would rise to eight stories and the former to seven, with between five and ten apartments per building per floor.

The residential lobby would be located on the ground floor of the 13th Street building, while the nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space would sit in the north building, fronting on busy East 14th Street.

The project should benefit from an improvement proposed by the MTA, if they can win funding for it – a new entrance at Avenue A for the First Avenue L station. The new entryway (which would come in addition to elevators) would ease crowding at the existing staircases on First Avenue and funnel more foot traffic towards Benenson’s planned project, in addition to generally allowing shorter walk times from Alphabet City to the L.

SLCE Architects filed for the building permit, and a representative from Benenson confirmed to YIMBY that they will be be responsible for the building’s design, and are not merely the architect of record.

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