Developer Samy Mahfar has withdrawn an application to rezone a stretch of East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, which would have introduced a commercial overlay for the targeted area, allowing for commercial-retail space to be built at street level, the Lo-Down reported. That means Mahfar’s planned 13-story, 63-unit mixed-use project at 255 East Houston Street won’t have ground-floor retail space. Instead, the developer plans to move forward with an as-of-right project featuring leasable community facility space. It’s unclear if withdrawing from the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) changes the residential portion in any way. Twenty percent of the apartments (13 units) were set to be rented at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Filings at the Buildings Department haven’t been amended since plans were first filed for a 10-story, 53-unit structure. The Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect. Demolition has commenced on the existing four-story building.
Property owner Guido Passarelli, doing business as an anonymous Syosset, N.Y.-based LLC, has filed applications for a suburban-esque three-story, 197,333-square-foot commercial-retail building at 165 Bricktown Way, in Charleston, located along Staten Island’s West Shore. The new building will contain retail space on the ground floor, followed by a movie theater on the second floor and an upper mezzanine level. The movie theater will be equipped with a concession stand, a bar/lounge, and offices. It’s unclear how many screens the movie theater will have, or who will run it. Philadelphia-based JKRP Architects is the architect of record. The site measures a whopping 479,290 square feet and is currently vacant.
Staten Island-based Foster Development has filed applications for three three-story, single-family houses at 121-125 Hendricks Avenue, in St. George, located along Staten Island’s North Shore. Two of the houses will measure 2,050 square feet and the last will measure 1,946 square feet, which means the project will probably be geared towards families. There will be a total of six off-street parking spaces, one of which will be housed in a small garage. Joseph M. Morace’s Staten Island-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 75-foot-wide, 7,500-square-foot property is currently vacant.
The rebuilding of the World Trade Center took a big step forward Thursday morning. Officials unveiled the design for the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. It was also announced that Barbra Streisand will chair the new center.
Hotel developers have their eyes on a busy corridor in the Bronx, with new plans filed for a five-story building at 1996 Webster Avenue. That’s near the corner of Alden Place, in the borough’s Mount Hope section.