Last November, YIMBY reported that the 18-story, 288-unit mixed-use project at 7 West 21st Street, in the Flatiron District, topped out. Since then, much of the façade has been installed on both street fronts — the building spans the block between 21st and 22nd streets — as seen in photos taken by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the project encompasses 289,809 square feet. Both buildings will be connected up to the ground floor, where 13,076 square feet of retail is planned. The residential units above will be rentals, averaging 904 square feet apiece. Twenty percent (58 units) will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Friedland Properties is the developer. Morris Adjmi Architects is the design architect, with the Stephen B. Jacobs Group serving as the executive architect. Completion is expected in 2017. The new building sits within the Ladies’ Mile Historic District.
Construction has finally been completed on the 10-story, 37-unit mixed-use building under development at 42-60 Crescent Street, in the Court Square/Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. Photos of the finished product can be seen on the YIMBY Forums. The building, called Factory House, measures 56,711 square feet and rises 109 feet above street level to the top of its bulkhead. It contains 2,309 square feet of ground-floor retail, followed by residential units on the floors above. They will be condominiums, ranging from one- to four-bedrooms and averaging 1,189 square feet apiece. Rising Developers Group is both the developer and design architect. Alfredo T. Fredericks’s Elmhurst-based architecture firm is the architect of record. Occupancy can probably be expected soon.
Forest Hills-based Platinum Realty has acquired the two-story commercial building at 115-06 Myrtle Avenue, located on the corner of 115th Street in Richmond Hill, for $3.7 million, Commercial Observer reported. The sale comes after the previous owners began marketing the site, which consists of four parcels, back in November of 2015. The site could accommodate a mixed-use project, with commercial and residential space, of up to 26,524 square feet, as-of-right. A new development could grow to 70,000 square feet if it includes affordable residential units and benefits from the inclusionary housing zoning bonus. The new owner’s plans have not been disclosed. All of the parcels are vacant or have been vacated.
Developer Samy Mahfar has withdrawn an application to rezone a stretch of East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, which would have introduced a commercial overlay for the targeted area, allowing for commercial-retail space to be built at street level, the Lo-Down reported. That means Mahfar’s planned 13-story, 63-unit mixed-use project at 255 East Houston Street won’t have ground-floor retail space. Instead, the developer plans to move forward with an as-of-right project featuring leasable community facility space. It’s unclear if withdrawing from the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) changes the residential portion in any way. Twenty percent of the apartments (13 units) were set to be rented at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Filings at the Buildings Department haven’t been amended since plans were first filed for a 10-story, 53-unit structure. The Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect. Demolition has commenced on the existing four-story building.
Congregation Shaare Zedek has partnered with developer Ornstein Leyton Company for a mixed-use project on the site of the congregation’s three-story synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street, on the Upper West Side. The congregation is having financial troubles and has concluded the only way to prevent it from dissolving is to sell the property to a developer, DNAinfo reported. Preliminary plans call for a 14-story building that would contain a new synagogue on the lower three floors, followed by residential units on the upper floors. No new building applications have been filed with the Buildings Department. The congregation has stated that it’s not feasible to expand the existing structure or retain the façade for a new building. The synagogue is not landmarked and can be demolished as-of-right.