The TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been out of commission for 14 years, but if all goes according to plan, it will welcome a new slew of visitors starting in just a few years. MCR Development is planning to redevelop the landmarked 1962 Eero Saarinen building into the TWA Flight Center Hotel. It got approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in September, but yesterday announced that it is commencing the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that 550 Washington Street would soon traverse ULURP as its owners, Westbrook Partners and Atlas Capital Group, want to redevelop the existing building in exchange for air rights from the failing Pier 40, which would also be saved. And now YIMBY has the first look at massing diagrams of the proposed plans, which reflect both the as-of-right redevelopment option, as well as what the site would look like if the ULURP application is approved.
Non-profit affordable housing developer Phipps Houses is now proposing a 10-story, 220-unit all-affordable residential building at 50-25 Barnett Avenue, in northern Sunnyside, five blocks south of the Northern Boulevard stop on the M and R subways. According to DNAinfo, a pre-k center is also planned, and units would cater to low, middle and moderate income families. An environmental review is currently underway on the project, which would be built on a vacant plot, and city approval is required, as the land would be rezoned. ULURP is expected to begin later this year.
The old Mercedes dealership at 520 West 41st Street and Eleventh Avenue is meeting a quick demise, paving the way for Silverstein Properties to begin preparation work for their future mixed-use development. While the project must still pass through ULURP, YIMBY revealed preliminary renderings last June, showing a 1,400-unit tower rising above a significant retail podium. Now we have a few overhead shots of demolition progress taken from the nearly-completed Skye, just a few hundred feet to the northwest.
Previous renderings of the Torre Verre had only shown the version originally proposed by Jean Nouvel, which rose to 1,250 feet and was absolutely stunning. Unfortunately not everyone found the building so, and neighborhood NIMBYs…