Full renderings have been revealed of the six-story, 505-key TWA Hotel, a redevelopment of the vacant TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in Queens. A groundbreaking ceremony was also recently held for the project, Curbed NY reported. Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the design, which incorporates much of the existing airport terminal, designated an individual and interior landmark. MCR Development and JetBlue Airways Corporation, the developers, are leasing the terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since the terminal is owned by the Port Authority, approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission is not required, although the project had to pass the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Completion is expected in 2018.
As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
As promised earlier this year, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has launched a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) to redevelop the crumbling, 80-acre Seaview Hospital complex at 460 Brielle Avenue, in central Staten Island. The city is seeking a development team to transform the former tuberculosis hospital into a mixed-use neighborhood called Sea View Healthy Community. There would be a mix of medical offices, retail spaces, residential units including affordable housing, community facilities, and public open space. Proposals are due March 24, 2017, DNAinfo reported.
South Ozone Park-based Anata Inc. has filed applications for three three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 88 through 92 Crescent Street, in East New York’s Cypress Hills section. The buildings will measure between 3,227 square feet and 3,520 square feet. Two of them will contain three apartments, while the third will contain only two. Across all three buildings, the apartments should average 1,256 square feet apiece, which means that either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. Massapequa, N.Y.-based Hogan Associates is the architect of record. The 80-foot-wide, 6,985-square-foot assemblage consists of a vacant lot and a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in March.
An anonymous Woodside-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 69-12 Woodside Avenue in Elmhurst. The project will measure 16,672 square feet, including 2,849 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor. The residential units in the rest of the building should average 890 square feet apiece. There will also be seven off-street parking spaces, six of which will be housed in an underground garage. Hui Zeng’s Bayside-based ABC Engineering is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 6,099-square-foot lot is occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in March.