Permits Filed: 843 2nd Avenue, Turtle Bay

843 Second Avenue, image via Google Maps843 Second Avenue, image via Google Maps

Nine stories of condos may replace a little brick walkup on the corner of Second Avenue and East 45th Street. Architect Karl Fischer filed applications earlier today for a 100-foot-tall building at 843 Second Avenue.

The project will have 17 apartments divided across 18,732 square feet of residential space, for spacious average units of 1,100 square feet. The first floor will host 1,600 square feet of retail, followed by one apartment and recreation space on the second floor and two units each on the third through ninth floors.

The property is only 25 feet wide, which is typical for prewar tenements. But the development benefits from generous C1-9 zoning, giving the little lot a floor area ratio of 10. In fact, the developer could build a few stories taller here, because the project’s current FAR is 8. The zoning code here can also require builders to set aside space for future entrances to the Second Avenue Subway, which may never materialize south of 63rd Street.

The developer is Eduard Slinin, who owns a livery cab business based on Bond Street in Gowanus. Slinin made news last year when he tried to compete against Uber by launching his own app that allowed riders to book drivers and schedule pickups.

843 Second Avenue is currently home to a four-story prewar tenement building. Demolition applications haven’t yet been filed to knock it down.

This site is located just west of the United Nations campus, in a Midtown micro-hood known as Turtle Bay. Big projects underway in the area include a 50-story apartment building at 131-141 East 47th Street and a 65-story tower at 12 East 37th Street.

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