On January 28, the Department of City Planning released the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) for the proposed Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Amendment, which seeks to limit non-residential floor heights in future apartment towers within high-density districts. The 48-page document, which outlines the proposal and its impact, reveals a troubling foundation of groundless speculation, elusive language, and self-contradictory statements. The proposed amendment ultimately promises to stifle flexible planning, and fails to present a convincing argument in its support.
Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects,”The Warehouse,” is located at 520 West 20th Street, next to the High Line between West 19th and 20th Streets. The project topped-out late last year, and is being developed by Elijah Equities. Standing above the West Chelsea neighborhood, the existing 50-foot tall brick structure is being preserved and refurbished. With the base now covered behind black and white-colored construction netting and scaffolding, work on the new three-story suspended and cantilevering metal structure up above continues atop the old roofline.
Permits have been filed for a 17-story tower at 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue, in Ridgewood, Queens. Located between Palmetto Street and Woodbine Street, the corner lot is one block away from the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues subway station, serviced by the M and L trains. Meir Babaev of AB Capstone is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Permits have been filed for an eight-story building at 11-35 31st Drive in Astoria, Queens. Located between Vernon Boulevard and 12th Street, the lot is ten blocks west of the 30th Avenue subway station, serviced by the N and W trains. Li Qing of Blue Mountain Capital, LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Standing nine stories tall directly across from Chelsea Market, 61 Ninth Avenue sits in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the new 170,000 square foot commercial structure rises 135 feet tall. Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital are the developers of the project.