A proposal to significantly improve Harlem‘s massive Lenox Terrace housing complex has begun public review as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process. Plans call for the addition of mixed-income housing, six acres of green space, and retail to the site located between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, and from 132nd to 135th Streets. Lenox Terrace comprises over six square blocks and houses more than 4,000 people across six buildings.
The proposal includes approximately 1,600 new units of mixed-income housing, with an estimated 400 affordable residences complying with the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing guidelines. In addition, there would be 160,000 square feet of retail, six acres of green space, and an amenities package for Lenox Terrace residents. If approved, the project would create more than 2,700 on-site construction jobs and over 300 permanent jobs.
Lenox Terrace was originally developed by Robert S. Olnick in 1958, and continues to be owned and managed by The Olnick Organization. Improvements to Lenox Terrace include transforming asphalt parking lots into green space, updating existing buildings for current residents, and building 1,600 units of mixed-income housing on underutilized sites.
Construction for the development is projected to begin in the fall of 2020, with an expected opening of phase one in 2023.