La Hermosa Christian Church may soon begin construction on a new 33-story, mixed-use tower in Central Harlem, at 5 West 110th Street. Details within a dense environmental assessment statement prepared for the Department of City Planning reveal the very first renderings of the building, which would require several zoning amendments and waivers before breaking ground.
The requested zoning amendments include modification of structural height and setback regulations, a waiver for all required parking components, and modified zoning text to designate a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) area.
The proposed building is designed by FX Collaborative and could eventually top off 410 feet above ground. Residential floor area would measure 194,182 square feet with 160 total units. Exactly 48 of those units would be designated permanently affordable apartments for households at or below 80 percent area median income. La Hermosa Christian Church would also occupy 37,647 square feet within the building.
“La Hermosa has long been an anchor for worship, arts and culture in Harlem; unfortunately, like so many religious institutions across the city, as our building has aged its capital needs have grown past our ability to meet them- and it no longer serves our congregation with steep stone stairs and aging heating systems,” says Dan Feliciano, pastor of La Hermosa Christian Church. “Our church-led project will deliver a new house of worship and meeting point for our community, as well as an endowment for arts and culture that will help raise the next generation of Harlem artists. We are excited about this plan and look forward to working with the community to bring it to fruition.”
If approved, construction would last approximately 22 months. Documents list the anticipated date of completion as 2022.