Breaking Ground, with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), has proposed to convert the five-story former La Semana hotel at 25 West 24th Street, in the Flatiron District, into a 47-bed homeless shelter, DNAinfo reported. The facility would be an emergency shelter for street-homeless individuals. Housing there would be temporary until the city could move individuals to more sustainable living arrangements. After opposition from neighborhood residents grew before a recently scheduled meeting, officials decided to postpone the discussion until later this month. DHS doesn’t need the local Community Board’s approval and plans to move forward with the conversion as-of-right, according to its spokesperson. La Semana closed earlier this year after accumulating years of nightmarish reviews on TripAdvisor.
Property owner Itamar Bruhim, doing business as an anonymous Floral Park, N.Y.-based LLC, has filed applications for four three-story, two-family houses at 190-21 – 190-27 Dormans Road, located on the corner of Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans, Queens. The new buildings will measure between 2,387 square feet and 3,019 square feet. Each apartment will have one to two floors of living space, averaging a family-sized 1,058 square feet apiece across all four houses. There will be a total of two off-street parking spaces. Barry J. Bank’s Kew Gardens-based engineering firm is the applicant of record. The 7,575-square-foot corner property is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story house, in use as a medical office. Demolition permits were filed in April.
After years of planning and months of Landmarks approvals, a 500-foot-tall tower is one step closer to reality at 42 Trinity Place. New building applications were filed over the weekend to erect the 40-story building, which will be formally known as 77 Greenwich Street.
A new facility for the Upper East Side’s Sephardic Jewish community is on the rise. The Moise Safra Community Center is under construction at 130 East 82nd Street.
Construction has wrapped up on 959 First Avenue, a 29-story, 113-unit mixed-use tower under development between East 52nd and East 53rd Street, in Midtown East. When YIMBY last checked in on the project in early 2015, façade installation was still underway. The latest photos were posted to the YIMBY Forums by Tectonic. Dubbed the Sutton, it measures 194,201 square feet and rises 353 feet above street level. There will be 2,714 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by residential units above, averaging 1,440 square feet apiece. Ninety of the apartments will be condominiums ranging from studios to four-bedrooms, plus a few penthouses, the largest of which has seven bedrooms. The other 23 apartments (20 percent of the total) will be designated as affordable. Toll Brothers City Living is the developer. Incorporated Architecture & Design is the design architect and Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is the executive architect. Occupancy can probably be expected soon.