Back in August of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 53-unit residential building at 255 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, but now landlord Samy Mahfar is taking the project through Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) in order to build commercial-retail space. According to Bowery Boogie, the latest plans call for 13-story building on East Houston and an eight-story counterpart at 171 Suffolk Street. As proposed, the entire project would encompass 93,015 square feet and includes 7,240 square feet of ground-floor retail space. There would be a total of 63 residential units and 20 percent of them would be rented through the affordable housing lottery. Stephen B. Jacobs Group is designing and completion is tentatively scheduled for 2020. An existing four-story building must first be demolished.
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Property owner Daniel Wise, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 193 Henry Street, on the Lower East Side, located two blocks from the East Broadway stop on the F train. The development will encompass 8,610 square feet and would replace a dilapidated four-story, 25-foot-wide townhouse, for which demolition permits were recently filed. There will be 1,355 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a small 384-square-foot medical office in the cellar. The full-floor residential units begin on the second floor and will average a specious 1,374 square feet apiece, indicative of condos. The structure will be topped by a rooftop terrace and recreation space. Think Architecture and Design is the architect of record.
In December of 2015, foundation work was underway at the planned seven-story, 37-unit residential building at 50 Clinton Street, on the Lower East Side. Now, Bowery Boogie reports the structure is two stories above street level. Once complete, the project will encompass 43,002 square feet and will have 1,836 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The residential units, which are condominiums, will average 1,023 square feet apiece and Paris Forino is designing the interiors. Only six units remain up for grabs. Amenities will include, but are not limited to, a 24-hour doorman, bike storage, residential storage, a fitness center, and a rooftop recreation space. Issac & Stern Architects is behind the project design and DHA Capital is the developer. Completion is expected by the end of this year.
Back in the summer of 2013, construction restarted on the long-stalled seven-story, 20-unit mixed-use project at 324 Grand Street, on the Lower East Side, and now Bowery Boogie reports the building is finally nearing completion. It measures 38,808 square feet in total and includes 3,718 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The apartments above should average 685 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. James Cheng’s Flushing-based Urban Architectural Design is the architect of record, and George Lee, doing business as an anonymous Flushing-based LLC, is the developer. Construction has also since wrapped up on the six-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 328 Grand Street. That building measures 10,935 square feet and includes 1,269 square feet of ground-floor retail. The full-floor units above will be condos and average 1,084 square feet each. CTM Properties developed the property and Lam & Lam Engineering is the architect of record. Occupancy for both projects is probable over the next few months.
The city is expecting to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) this March to redevelop the long-vacant Allen Street pedestrian mall (public bathroom), located at Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, into a food concession facility. The Low-Down reports the city’s Parks Department is hoping a restaurant operator will lead renovation on the single-story structure, although already $2 million has been raised for the project. Other considerations for the building include community facility space, a library, a visitor’s center, or a return to the facility’s original use of bathrooms. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. is also invested in the project.