Harlem’s renaissance has accelerated in recent years, and large new developments are now seemingly rising all over the neighborhood, from the 125th Street corridor down to East River Plaza. But opportunities for small-scale infill remain in abundance, and YIMBY can now reveal one such project set to rise at 42 East 132nd Street, between Madison and Park, designed by Melamed Architect PC.
Job applications list the developer as Astoria-based “132 Housing LLC,” and the owner as John Sismanoglou. The new structure will be mixed-use, and will include a healthcare center on its first and basement floors, which will have both treatment facilities and an ambulatory diagnostic capability.
Above the health clinic, each of the upper floors will have two apartments apiece, except for the third floor and the penthouse level (or floor 8), both of which will remain whole. With 10,677 square feet of residential development divided between 12 units, that will pencil out to an average unit size of almost 900 square feet, indicative of either condos or rentals.
The building’s exterior will certainly be attractive, even though it sits on a sliver lot and will only stand 80 feet tall. 42 East 132nd Street still has one pre-war neighbor it will do a decent job of matching, and will have a masonry facade and large floor-to-ceiling windows that appear to be PTAC-free.
As development sites dwindle and as the neighborhood’s transit accessibility results in increasingly large demographic shifts, little lots like 42 East 132nd Street should continue to fill-out relatively quickly. With prices increasing, the aesthetics of the neighborhood’s latest new developments are improving significantly compared to the stock added over the past few decades, a contrast made especially obvious by comparing Melamed’s design with the building’s post-war neighbor, which features exposed floor-plates and egregiously ugly and environmentally-unfriendly PTAC units.
No formal completion date for 42 East 132nd Street has been issued, but permits were fully approved as of mid-July, indicating work should soon be starting, or is already underway.