As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
South Ozone Park-based Anata Inc. has filed applications for three three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 88 through 92 Crescent Street, in East New York’s Cypress Hills section. The buildings will measure between 3,227 square feet and 3,520 square feet. Two of them will contain three apartments, while the third will contain only two. Across all three buildings, the apartments should average 1,256 square feet apiece, which means that either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. Massapequa, N.Y.-based Hogan Associates is the architect of record. The 80-foot-wide, 6,985-square-foot assemblage consists of a vacant lot and a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in March.
An anonymous Woodside-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 69-12 Woodside Avenue in Elmhurst. The project will measure 16,672 square feet, including 2,849 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor. The residential units in the rest of the building should average 890 square feet apiece. There will also be seven off-street parking spaces, six of which will be housed in an underground garage. Hui Zeng’s Bayside-based ABC Engineering is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 6,099-square-foot lot is occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in March.
A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for Larkin Plaza, the two-towered, 439-unit mixed-use development planned at 22 Nepperhan Street in downtown Yonkers. The rental complex will consist of a 25-story, 280-unit building on the corner of Nepperhan Street and Warburton Avenue, as well as a 17-story, 159-unit structure fronting Main Street. A two-story commercial building, with 35,000 square feet of retail space, will also front a long stretch of Nepperhan Street, Westfair reported. A three-story, 539-car parking garage is also planned. RXR Realty is the developer. Foundation work is imminent, with completion anticipated for 2018.
In September, an undeniably flashy proposal to modify an Upper East Side rowhouse went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was not well-received. Last Tuesday, a scaled-down version won over the commissioners and work can now proceed at 210 East 62nd Street.