The 731-unit Lambert Houses complex, a collection of six-story buildings spread over five blocks in the Bronx’s West Farms, may soon be demolished for 1,665 units of new affordable housing and 61,100 square feet of retail. A 500-seat public elementary school is also included in the proposal, according to DNAinfo. Phipps Houses currently owns the dated housing development, built in 1973, and city officials — notably the HPD — are on board with the facility’s replacement. The development would occur in phases, beginning in 2017 and wrapping up in 2029.
The Department of Housing and Preservation has applied for a $6 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to develop affordable housing at 211 Elizabeth Street/21 Spring Street, in Nolita, where the Elizabeth Street Garden currently operates. According to DNAinfo, the city has had plans to build up to 75 residential units at the vacant site since 2012. In September, the LMDC plans to hold a public hearing for the project.
At 222 East 13th Street, in the East Village, a dilapidated & vacant four-story townhouse has begun its conversion into Bea Arthur Residence, a 18-bed supportive housing facility for homeless LGBT youth, according to EV Grieve. NYC HPD owns the property, which has gotten ULURP approvals, and opening is expected in 2016. The building will expand by 6,030 square feet, according to the DOB, and Magnusson Architecture & Planning is designing.
Harlem + Bespoke noticed progress on the renovation taking place at 801-807 St. Nicholas Avenue, on 150th Street in Sugar Hill. NYC Housing Preservation and Development is creating 42 affordable residential units within the six-story, 52,850 square-foot building, and OCV Architects is designing. The restoration appears almost complete, and opening is likely in the coming months.
With land prices now rising beyond $400 a foot in spots, Williamsburg has become an increasingly inhospitable place for affordable housing development (even 80/20 rentals are no longer viable for newly bought sites). But the Landmarks Preservation Commission salvage warehouse at…