The block of West 132nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, like many in Harlem, has a few holes in it, left behind from the city’s dark years of abandonment. One by one, however, the lots are gradually being filled in, and today it’s No. 10’s turn.
An application was submitted to the Department of Buildings earlier today to build a new six-story, 60-foot-tall apartment building at 10 West 132nd Street.
The structure would hold 10 apartments spread over around 8,600 square feet of residential space, with full-floor units on the first and sixth floors and two apartments per floor in the middle.
The developer is Joseph Jemal, with ICER Real Estate. The firm owns a dozen residential buildings in Harlem, according to its website. They purchased the 25-foot-wide vacant lot for $925,000 in the middle of last year, or $108 per buildable square foot. The firm bought it from the Greater Central Baptist Church of New York City, located just down the block on Fifth Avenue. The church had in turn purchased it from the city in 1976, which seems to have acquired it in 1970 after the previous owner failed to pay their property taxes.
Adrian Figueroa’s SRA Architecture filed for the permit. The biggest commission in Harlem for the firm, based on Canal Street, is a self-storage facility at 122 West 146th Street, though they’ve also worked on a retail building at 213 West 34th Street and a hotel on West 35th, among other projects throughout the city.
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