Banner Development has filed applications for a three-story, 139,264 square-foot self-storage facility at 5002 Second Avenue, in Sunset Park, located two blocks in from the New York Harbor. The operational commercial space will span roughly 82,510 square feet in the building, and the basement floor will also be used for storage. Frank Relf, based on Long Island, is the architect of record, and an existing block-thru warehouse must first be demolished.
The city’s Economic Development Corporation has requested proposals to develop the property at 124 East 14th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Union Square, according to Crain’s. Currently, a two-story commercial building housing a P.C. Richard & Son appliance store occupies the property. The site, however, boasts the potential for 140,000 square feet of residential development or 93,000 square feet of commercial development rights. The city is aiming to have an office building constructed, but the project could end up being residential or mixed-use. Existing retail leases in the building expire in February of next year, the same time proposals are due.
Wil Ni, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for an 11-story, 77-key hotel at 37-17 12th Street, in Ravenswood, an industrial neighborhood in northern Long Island City. The building will measure 25,040 square feet, which means rooms will average a relatively accommodating 325 square feet apiece. Manhattan-based Morali Architecture is the applicant of record, and two existing single-family townhouses must first be demolished.
On Thursday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission continued its effort to address its 95-item backlog. In the third of four sessions devoted to the effort, the first groups of properties in Manhattan received public hearings. Among the items in the first group of the day was the former IRT powerhouse on West 59th Street. Support for designation was almost universal, save for two representatives of the building’s current owner – Con Edison.
The future of the Bergdorf Goodman department store was one of the subjects of a contentious public hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Thursday. The commission is in the process of dealing with its 95-item backlog and began held the first day of public hearings for properties in Manhattan (the second and final hearing is November 12). Not surprisingly, the battle pitted preservationists against the building’s owner.