Kingsbridge Heights, in the northwest Bronx, remains one of the most affordable and solidly working class neighborhoods in the city. So it’s exciting to see new development sprouting there, on the blocks south of the Jerome Park Reservoir.
Construction has reached the third floor on the 20-story, 290-key four-star AC Hotel under development at 252 West 40th Street, in the Garment District section of Midtown. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits describe a structure that will eventually measure 120,489 square feet and rise 230 feet above street level. The hotel rooms will be located on the second through 18th floors and should average 415 square feet apiece. Amenities include a fitness center, a library, storage for 12 bikes, a restaurant on the ground floor, and a second restaurant on the 20th floor. OTO Development is the developer and Helpern Architects is behind the architecture. Completion can probably be expected in 2017.
Over the summer, the Durst Organization entered into contract to acquire the 36,281-square-foot site at 1800 Park Avenue, located between East 124th and 125th streets in Harlem. The developer has since closed on the purchase for just under $91 million, the New York Post reported. Durst will abandon the ODA New York-designed 24-story, 670-unit mixed-use project (originally 32 stories and 682 units) envisioned by the Continuum Company, the site’s previous owner. Instead, completely new plans will be drawn up, presumably by a different architect. Regardless, the final plans will include a large affordable housing component. Roughly 600,000 square feet of mixed-use space can be built as-of-right. The project is still eligible for the 421-a tax abatement since Continuum technically conducted foundation work at the site.
Construction has reached the 13th floor on the 28-story, 104-unit mixed-use tower under development at 200 East 95th Street (a.k.a. 1681 Third Avenue), on the Upper East Side. The construction progress can be seen thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the tower, dubbed the Kent, will eventually encompass 317,664 square feet and rise 392 feet to its pinnacle. It will have 13,225 square feet of retail space across the ground floor and the first cellar level. The residential units above, which will be condominiums, will range from two- to five-bedrooms, averaging 2,500 square feet apiece. Extell Development Company is the developer and Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. Champalimaud has been tasked with the interiors and West 8 is the landscape architect. Completion is expected in 2017.
Brooklyn-based developer Urban View has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 982 Willoughby Avenue, in western Bushwick. The structure will measure 7,500 square feet and its residential unit should average 864 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Two of the units on the fourth floor will also feature space within an upper penthouse level. Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Planning is the architect of record. The 33-foot-wide, 3,142-square-foot property is currently occupied by a three-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not been filed. The Central Avenue stop on the M train is three blocks away.