Skateboarders in Upper Manhattan are in for a new experience. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation gave its blessing to a proposal to upgrade the 20-year-old skate park in Riverside Park.
The Parks Department and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation have launched a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the long-vacant, single-story Allen Street pedestrian mall, the former public bathroom located at the intersection with Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. As disclosed earlier this year, the city hopes a developer or business can convert the little building into a “food service facility,” DNAinfo reported. Community facilities are apparently not being considered at this time. Repairs to the structure will have to include significant work to the roof, walls, and floors, in addition to the replacement of door and windows, and the installation of necessary infrastructure. The restaurant and/or food vendor may also include outside seating. Proposals are due September 15, and the city expects to select a team in early 2017.
Since foundation work was underway in April, construction on the 28-story, 236-unit residential tower under development at 1501 Voorhies Avenue, in southern Sheepshead Bay, has now reached 10 stories in height. The progress can be seen thanks to photos taken by Alex Ellefson for a Sheepshead Bites report. The building will eventually rise 321 feet above street level and encompass 279,942 square feet. The residential units will be a mix of condominiums and rental apartments, and should average 1,112 square feet apiece. Amenities include a 168-car parking garage, storage for 118 bikes, a fitness center, a pool & spa, a terrace on the second floor, and a sky lounge on the 17th floor. Muss Development and AvalonBay are the developers, while Perkins Eastman is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2018. The project is located directly east of the Sheepshead Bay stop on the B and Q trains.
The Arker Companies and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation have acquired, for $19 million, the site of the former Peninsula Hospital Center, located at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere, along the Rockaways in Queens. The developers plan to build a multi-building residential and commercial complex, according to DNAinfo. It’s unclear how large the project will be, but plans will be going through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which indicates an individual rezoning is in the works. That means at least 30 percent of the residential units will have to be affordable. A four-story nursing home on site is currently occupied and will remain, but the four-story, 173-bed hospital building will be demolished. The hospital has been closed since 2012. The site – bound by Beach 50th Street, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Beach 53rd Street, and Beach Channel Drive – is five blocks from the Beach 60th Street stop on the A train.
Property owner Noureldin Moustafa has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 143 Bay 47th Street, in southern Gravesend. The project will measure 3,119 square feet and its residential units should average 1,195.6 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. One of the apartments will span the ground and second floors, followed by the other apartment on the third and fourth floor. The upper unit will feature a roof terrace. Douglas Pulaski’s Brooklyn-based Bricolage Designs is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 1,933-square-foot property is currently vacant. It was occupied by a brick garage until that was demolished in early 2015. The Bay 50th Street stop on the D train is located three blocks away.