New York

25 Mercer Street

Five-Story, Five-Unit Residential Conversion Planned At 25 Mercer Street, SoHo

The five-story mixed-use building at 25 Mercer Street and the three-story property at 27 Mercer Street, located in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, are expected to be converted into a single five-unit condominium building, according to Curbed NY. There will be four full-floor units and a duplex penthouse, and the residences are expected to hit the market this spring. GDS Development is developing and Fogarty Finger is designing the project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Alterations that would go into the conversion would have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since the property is located within a historic district.


42 Trinity Place

Developer, SCA Reach Deal At Planned Mixed-Use Development At 42 Trinity Place, Financial District

Early last year, YIMBY brought you conceptual renderings of the possible supertall mixed-use tower that could rise at 42 Trinity Place, in the Financial District. Now the developer, Trinity Place Holdings, reached a deal with the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to build an elementary school in the base of the building, Tribeca Trib reports. The public school will boast 476 seats and a design is expected to be released of it this upcoming summer. In 2013, the city put forth $27.5 million in its budget to build a new school in the Financial District. The scope of the entire project has yet to be revealed, but it could potentially measure upwards of one million square feet and have retail, hotel, and residential components. Multiple buildings must first be demolished.


The Sovereign

Local Politicians Spearhead Request by 26th Floor Resident Of The Sovereign for 250-Foot Height Limit in Vicinity

On Friday, Crain’s reported on a rezoning proposal to downzone Sutton Place and institute a 260-foot height limit on new developments in the area. What wasn’t reported was the real cause behind this not-so-arbitrary figure: the leader of the East River Fifties Alliance, Alan Kersh, happens to live on the 26th floor of The Sovereign, which at 47 stories tall, is almost double the height limit its residents want to force on new buildings in the blocks to the south.

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446 Park Avenue in September 2014, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 446 Park Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Park Avenue in Brooklyn begins underneath the elevated, dark Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Clinton Hill and runs east into Bed-Stuy, where it transitions into an odd mix of warehouses, little brick apartment buildings, and aging 19th century wood frame houses. Much of the avenue was originally developed for workers at the Navy Yard, which sits a block away, but Orthodox Jews have settled the area over the last few decades. And now, even the once-desolate industrial blocks just east of the highway are becoming populated with new residential buildings. Yesterday, applications were filed for a five-story building there at 446 Park Avenue, between Kent and Franklin Avenues.

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