Development sites in East Harlem are disappearing fast, as investors snap up the neighborhood’s once-derelict lots and vacant buildings.
But one developer managed to snag a vacant lot at 228 East 118th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. New building applications were filed earlier today to erect a seven-story apartment building on the 55-foot-wide lot. It would have 30 apartments divided across 22,106 square feet of residential space, for rental-sized units measuring just 670 square feet.
The first floor would host the lobby, laundry, bike parking and three apartments. The second through sixth floors would have five units each, and two large units would fill the seventh floor.
The two top-floor units would also get private roof terraces.
Thankfully no parking will be included, because this project is small enough to avoid the city’s parking requirements.
Vanguard Investors, headed by Alan Getz, is the developer, and they’ve hired architect Andrew Friedman, who’s based near Bryant Park, to handle the design.
The city used to own the 5,500-square-foot property, and then it was transferred to Vanguard for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
It’s hard to keep up with all the projects going up in this part of East Harlem, which may get another rezoning to encourage affordable housing construction. The neighborhood was rezoned in 2003, at the beginning of the Bloomberg years, in a move that imposed height caps on new development.
Other developments nearby include a 12-story affordable and supportive building planned next to Robert F. Wagner Houses, the expansion and conversion of an old school at 2269 First Avenue, and several projects from HAP, who are one of the most active builders in upper Manhattan.