Floral Park, N.Y.-based Maddd Equities has filed applications for 15 two-family houses at the vacant plot of land bound by Murray Street, 17th Avenue, and 150th Place in Whitestone, Queens. The individual buildings, to stand two stories in height, will measure between 3,465 square feet to 4,470 square feet. Across the entire development, the full-floor apartments should average 1,316 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. So far, filings have been submitted for the addresses of 16-03 – 16-11 Murray Street, 16-02 – 16-16 150th Place, and 151-01 – 151-25 17th Avenue. Roslyn, N.Y.-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record. The land is currently being used as a parking lot, probably for the St. Luke’s School across the street.
Meatpacking District-based Saab Management Company has filed applications for a new two-story, 22,347-square-foot commercial-retail building at 114 West 125th Street, in Harlem. The structure will feature retail space on both floors, with tenant storage space located in the cellar level. Adrian R. Figueroa’s Hudson Square-based SRA Architecture + Engineering is the architect of record. The project would rise on a 30-foot-wide, 3,000-square-foot plot currently occupied by a dilapidated retail structure, most recently leased to Olympic Town. Demolition permits were filed in February. The site is adjacent to the newly completed six-story retail complex at 100 West 125th Street.
The city’s Parks Department is planning to move forward with transforming the vacant lot at 50-02 39th Avenue, located on the of 50th Street in Sunnyside, into a public park. The city recently designated $3 million to acquire the property from its owner, DBH Associates, DNAinfo reported. DBH acquired the plot in 2007 for $1.45 million and is open to selling the property. The owner attempted to built a two-story, eight-unit apartment building at the site, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission disapproved the plans in 2014. The site is located within the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, which means the design of the park (and its structural elements) will have to be approved by the LPC.
The Texas-based Limestone Hills Corporation is proposing a 17-story, 154-unit residential tower in the Bergen County, New Jersey borough of Palisades Park. It would be located in between the two current section of 14th Street. The developer is currently seeking a variance from the borough’s Zoning Board to build a tower six stories taller than currently allowed, NorthJersey.com reports. The proposed project would include one- and two-bedroom apartments and a 165-car, six-level parking garage, three levels of which would be underground. There would also be a surface parking lot along 14th Street. The 6.5-acre site was acquired for $1.8 million in 2011 via a bankruptcy court order. The swath of land is currently approved for an eight-story, 64-unit residential building. The plans are expected to be presented to the board this week.
Staten Island has long been the city’s slowest-growing borough, but the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing it to develop more housing. Last Wednesday, the Department of City Planning organized a public forum on the mayor’s plan to rezone Bay Street, an industrial swath of Staten Island’s north shore, in order to encourage new apartments and retail.