Two years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission floated the idea of clearing its backlog of items from before 2010 by simply de-calendaring all of them. That was not well-received, to put it lightly. So, they devised a series of steps to actually address those 95 items. That process nearly came to an end today, with the designation of 10 new city landmarks.
Floral Park, N.Y.-based M&K Enterprises Group has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 510 West 159th Street, located on the southern end of Washington Heights. The townhouse will measure 4,998 square feet and will rise on the 17-foot-wide, 1,666-square-foot vacant lot. One apartment will be located on the ground and cellar floors, while the second unit will span the second through fourth floors. Sion Hourizadeh’s Floral Park, N.Y.-based Sion Consulting Engineering is the applicant of record. The site was most recently occupied by a four-story, three-unit structure that was demolished back in 2011.
After two weeks of haphazard fits and starts and a confrontational protest with tenant activists, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council Land Use Committee unanimously disapproved a plan to rezone the corner of Broadway and Sherman avenues, which would have paved the way for the construction of a 15-story apartment building known as Sherman Plaza.
Since façade installation was underway earlier this year on Columbia University Medical Center’s 15-story, 107,299 square-foot Medical and Graduate Education Building at 104 Haven Avenue, in Washington Heights, construction has wrapped up entirely. Photos of the completed 196-foot-tall building can be seen in a Curbed NY report. The new academic building will feature a lobby and café on the ground floor, a piano room and a 275-seat auditorium on the second and third floors, and a mix of lecture halls, classrooms, offices, and laboratories on the fourth through 14th floors. Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the design architect, while Gensler Architects is serving as the architect of record. The facility will open on August 16.
New construction rarely arrives in Hudson Heights, the idyllic, northwestern section of Washington Heights that borders Fort Tryon Park and Inwood. But today, YIMBY has a look at three attached townhouses headed for 203-207 Cabrini Boulevard, on a lot over looking the Hudson River and Fort Washington Park.