Even after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito organized two years of community meetings on the future of East Harlem, tenants and activists are lining up to protest the city’s proposed rezoning of 95 blocks in the neighborhood.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved an application that will see a TriBeCa building grow in height, but not in residential unit count. 51 White Street will go from five stories with 13 units to seven stories with nine units, in addition to office space on the ground and cellar levels.
New details are emerging of the affordable mixed-use project planned at 110 New Lots Avenue, in southern Brownsville. The project was reported to consist of 481 units when plans were first unveiled in October. Developers have now filed applications with the Department of City Planning to rezone the two-block assemblage for a multi-building project, called Ebenezer Plaza, with a total 512 apartments, an increase of 31 units. All of the units would rent at below-market rates.
An anonymous Queens-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 31-47 137th Street, located on the corner of 32nd Avenue in downtown Flushing. The project will measure 14,986 square feet. It will contain 2,473 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor, followed by 10 residential units across the second through fourth levels. The apartments should average 765 square feet; in Flushing, units of this size could indicate either condominiums or rentals. Hui Zeng’s Bayside-based ABC Engineering is the applicant of record. The lot is currently vacant.
TVG Partners has filed applications for a two-story, 107,115-square-foot storage building at 75-28 Queens Boulevard, located between Kneeland and Jacobus streets in Elmhurst. The commercial building will feature storage space across two below-grade levels as well as both above-grade floors. It’s unclear what exactly will utilize the 30-foot-tall facility, although a self-storage business is most likely. The project will come with four off-street parking spaces, four loading berths, and accessory office space. Frank G. Relf’s Long Island-based firm is the architect of record. The 38,549-square-foot site is occupied by a single-story commercial building. Demolition permits have not been filed.