News broke this week that billionaire Ron Perelman committed $75 million to financing the World Trade Center’s Performing Arts Center, which will provide the complex with a much-needed cultural amenity. But with 175 Greenwich (3 World Trade Center) nearly complete and the remaining puzzle pieces now falling into place, it is YIMBY’s opinion that it is also time to reconsider the design changes proposed for 2 World Trade Center. With Fox failing to commit to BIG’s proposal for the site, it makes much more sense to return to Norman Foster’s far more attractive design for the tower, which was shelved last year.
Nehalkumar Gandhi, doing business as North Bergen, N.J.-based Ratan Realty, has filed applications for two six-story, 88-unit extended-stay hotels at 510 East 185th Street, in the West Bronx’s Belmont section. One of the buildings will measure 43,895 square feet while the other will measure 53,340 square feet. Across both, there will be a total of 121 hotel rooms located on the ground through third floors, and 55 apartment-hotel units located on the fourth through sixth floors. Amenities include off-street parking for 20 cars, storage for 34 bikes, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, fitness centers, and breakfast areas in the cellars. Michael Kang’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 21,411-square-foot site, bound by Bassford and Bathgate avenues and East 185th Street, is currently occupied by a single-story warehouse. Demolition permits were filed in April. The site is six blocks south of Metro-North Railroad’s Fordham station.
Floral Park, N.Y.-based Metropolitan Homes has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 1040-1042 Herkimer Street, in Ocean Hill. Each will measure 4,410 square feet. Across both, the full-floor residential units should average 1,102.5 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations, although it’s unclear whether the apartments will be rentals or condominiums. Amenities include a total of four off-street parking spots. Roslyn, N.Y.-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 4,900-square-foot plot, located on the corner of Howard Avenue, is currently vacant. It’s just two blocks away from the Ralph Avenue stop on the C train.
Construction has wrapped up entirely and occupancy is currently underway at the five-story, 80-unit affordable/supportive housing project at 331 Saratoga Avenue, located on the corner of Bergen Street, in Ocean Hill. Photos of the completed building can be seen in a Curbed NY report. Dubbed Bergen Saratoga Apartments, it measures 74,614 square feet. It will feature 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments that will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery, in addition to 40 studio apartments that will be occupied by formerly homeless people. CAMBA will also supply social services for the building’s residents. Amenities include a library with a computer room, an outdoor recreational space with a playground, a community room with a kitchen, laundry facilities, storage for 40 bikes, and 15 off-street parking spaces. Dunn Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) are the developers, while SLCE Architects is behind the design. Construction on the project began in 2014.
Details and a rendering have been revealed for a seven-story, 82-unit affordable residential building planned at 775 Crotona Park North (a.k.a. 1784 Prospect Avenue), in the West Bronx’s Tremont section. Dubbed Crotona Senior Residences, it will comprise entirely of affordable housing geared specifically to LGBT seniors (although all elderly people, regardless of orientation, will be allowed to apply), Welcome2TheBronx reported. It will also include a supportive facility with services for residents in the building and around the community. New building applications have not yet been filed, but Magnusson Architecture and Planning is the design architect.