The city is finally moving forward with plans to rebuild two unstable 19th century buildings at 321 and 323 Canal Street in Soho, which have been in administrative limbo for more than two years.
The South Bronx neighborhoods of Melrose and Morrisania have become ground zero for new affordable housing development. Now another new affordable project is slated for the area, in the transit-starved heart of Morrisania at 3365 3rd Avenue.
Last year, ground was broken and new renderings were released for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church planned at the also-under-construction Liberty Park, an elevated lot to the south of the World Trade Center, in the Financial District. The New York Times now reports the drum-shaped structure is rising and will be constructed with “white Pantelic marble, from the same vein in Greece that was quarried to construct the Parthenon.” Santiago Calatrava is designing, and completion of the sanctuary and park is expected in 2017.
Long Island City-based Crescent Street Construction Corp. has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 104-22 Astoria Boulevard, in East Elmhurst, a few minutes from La Guardia Airport. The building will total 7,550 square feet, and units will probably be rentals, averaging 755 square feet. Long Island-based Anthony Hatziioannou is the applicant of record, and demolition permits were filed for the existing 2.5-story structure this past summer.
Property owner Avraham Benhamo has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 1845 Park Place, in Ocean Hill, nine blocks from the C train’s stop at Ralph Avenue. The building will measure 5,600 square feet in total, and units will average 700 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Long Island-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record, and the lot is currently vacant.