An over century-old little building on the Upper West Side will officially bite the dust. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the demolition of the three-story building at 466-468 Columbus Avenue, and the construction of a new mixed-use building in its place.
Construction is now up to street level on the western end of 50 West 30th Street (a.k.a. 846 Sixth Avenue), in NoMad, where a 24-story, 55-unit mixed-use tower is under development. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the project, dubbed the NOMA, will eventually encompass 105,973 square feet and rise 315 feet to its pinnacle. It will include 10,363 square feet of retail space across the cellar through second floors, followed by residential units on the third through 24th floors. The apartments, condominiums, will range from one- to three-bedrooms, averaging 1,320 square feet apiece. Alchemy Properties is the developer and FXFOWLE Architects is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in January of 2018.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the 38-member co-op that leases the 113-acre, one-million-square-foot Hunts Point Produce Market — at 101 Food Center Drive, in Hunts Point — are currently in negotiations to completely rebuild the wholesale food market. Existing warehouses would be demolished and new ones would be built in phases, the New York Post reported. A previous plan to retain the existing structures and simply expand the footprint has been thrown out. The existing complex does not having enough cold storage warehouses, and there are environmental concerns. Infrastructure upgrades are part of the new plan and, so far, include $8.5 million in city-funded rail upgrades and $10.5 million in capital improvements, like electric upgrades. The market is the largest food distribution center in the world.
Brooklyn-based YSL Management Inc. has filed applications for a four-story, five-unit residential building at 921 57th Street, in western Borough Park. The new structure will measure 6,507 square feet. Its residential units should average 1,077 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The apartment on the fourth floor will also feature space in an upper penthouse level and there will be two off-street parking spaces. Sugnam Chang’s Brooklyn-based Basic Groups Corp. is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,454-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the N train is six blocks away.
A big hole in the ground on Manhattan’s East Side is nearly ready to be filled. Foundation work is almost done at 685 First Avenue, located between East 39th and East 40th streets in Murray Hill.