The owners of Esplanade Luxury Senior Residences – a 14-story, 120-resident senior-exclusive building located at 95 South Broadway, in White Plains – have proposed converting the property into regular rental apartments, according to Westfair. The conversion would shrink the 1965-built structure to 251,000 square feet, and in addition to 212 rental units, it would have 9,000 and 6,750 square feet of medical offices and restaurant space, respectively. The project would displace its current residents and is now under review by the city’s Common Council. Esplanade of White Plains Venture Partnership is developing and Sullivan Architecture is designing.
Lower East Side-based Andy Mak has been granted permits to build a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 1415 67th Street, in northern Bensonhurst, located roughly five blocks from subway stops on either the D or N trains. The building will measure a total of 7,405 square feet, which works out to units averaging a family-sized 925 square feet apiece. Wu Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Planning is the applicant of record. The site consists of three tax lots, and a two-story townhouse and an adjacent structure must be demolished. Initially, applications filed back in 2014 called for a smaller building with nine units, but that was never approved.
One of the big empty lots in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle is about to become a seven-story apartment building. Plans were filed yesterday to erect a 70-foot-tall residential development at 7 Whipple Street, on the corner of Flushing Avenue.
The IFC Center, deeply in need of more space, is one step closer to an expansion. The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved plans for the movie theater at Sixth Avenue and West 3rd Street to expand to a vacant lot behind it at 14-16 Cornelia Street. That would bump IFC’s five theaters seating a total of 480 people to 11 theaters seating a total of 948 people, while also clearing out the sidewalk with added lobby space.
The industrial zone along the waterfront in Sunset Park is a remnant of when the area was filled with cold storage warehouses, major international shipping operations, and heavy industry that ranged from canneries to ammunition factories. The blocks between Third and Fourth Avenue, just east of the Gowanus Expressway, have always felt a little more transitional, because they mix low-slung warehouses with little prewar townhouses. But the neighborhood’s zoning prevents new residential construction, and all the new buildings that sprout here are budget hotels. One such hotel is in the works at 142 33rd Street, across the street from two more newly finished hotels.