The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) has officially kicked off for the proposed 23-story, 335-unit mixed-use building at 2 Sherman Avenue, in the Fort George section of Washington Heights, located four blocks from stops on either the A or 1 trains. The project, developed by Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust, will include retail space and a community facility. According to Politico New York, the project will be the first to utilize Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, which requires developers to rent 30 percent of the residential units at below-market rates in exchange for a rezoning. The mayor’s program is expected to be voted on over the next few months. If the program is not established, the developers will go ahead with the city’s current system, which would require 20 percent of the units to be affordable. An existing two-story commercial building must first be demolished.
Gagandeep Singh, doing business as Long Island-based Pam 1 Holding Corp, has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 653 West 187th Street, in northern Washington Heights, located four blocks from the 191st Street stop on the 1 train. The project will measure 5,334 square feet in total and will have 4,468 square feet of residential space. Each unit will be a duplex, averaging 2,234 square feet. Pirooz Soltanizadeh’s Jamaica-based Royal Engineering is the applicant of record and the 17-foot-wide lot is currently vacant.
If you’ve been reading YIMBY regularly for the past month or so, you’ve read about the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s backlog of 95 items calendared prior to 2010. Rounding out our coverage of their first step in clearing that backlog is a property in Washington Heights, near the George Washington Bridge in Upper Manhattan. The property in question: the former Loew’s 175th Street Theater at 4140 Broadway.
Back in the 1930s, two 19th century wood frame homes stood at 563 and 565 West 170th Street, between St Nicholas and Audobon Avenues in Washington Heights. But by the late 1970s, the two houses had been torn down and replaced by a garage and an unremarkable two-story brick building. Now a new residential building may grow at no. 563, which is mostly vacant except for the dilapidated, single-story garage.
Normally when YIMBY sees filings for single-family homes in Manhattan, they’re in the borough’s toniest neighborhoods—the Upper East Side, Tribeca, Gramercy. But today we noticed plans for three new townhouses in Hudson Heights, a slice of Washington Heights that borders Inwood.