2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law. There were occasions to celebrate, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six individual landmarks and four historic districts. 2016 was considerably busier for the commission. It designated 40 individual landmarks and two historic districts, including 12 new Midtown East landmarks and 26 sites from its backlog. Here are all of them, for you to take in as the year comes to a close.
Savanna has closed on the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, of The Falchi Building, a five-story, 711,000-square-foot commercial building at 31-00 47th Avenue, in Long Island City’s Blissville section. It was earlier reported that the developer was in contract for more than $255 million, Commercial Observer reported. The new owner plans to conduct a $35 million renovation on the property. Retail will be installed on the ground floor, while the office spaces throughout the rest of the structure will be modernized. Improvements include new amenities, upgrades to infrastructure and common areas. The building is currently 90 percent leased.
In late November, Related Companies filed applications for a four-story, 21-unit residential building at 19-14 20th Avenue, in the Ditmars section of Astoria. Now the developer has filed applications for a second building: a four-story, 32-unit residential structure, at 18-12 20th Avenue. All 53 of the new residential units will rent at below-market rates to veterans, with 20 percent set aside for homeless soldiers. Gran Kriegel Associates will be responsible for the architecture. Two single-story parking garages will have to be demolished for the new structures. Both buildings will be part of Related’s revamp of the seven-building, 444-unit Marine Terrace residential complex, which will get comprehensive renovation of its own.
A Queens-based property owner has filed applications for a four-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 41-16 Haight Street, in downtown Flushing. The project, measuring 7,180 square feet, will feature 1,780 square feet across the ground and cellar levels for a children’s daycare center, followed by five residential units on the second through fourth floors. The apartments should average 724 square feet apiece, indicative of rental units. Robert H. Lin’s Flushing-based A&T Engineering is the applicant of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,000-square-foot lot is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in November.
An anonymous Astoria-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 30-26 14th Street, in Astoria. The project will measure 6,576 square feet and its residential units should average 709 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. A roof terrace with recreation space will top the structure. Befal F. Salim’s Whitestone-based Platonic Solids Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot is occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in November.