Manhattan-based Maxwell-Kates has proposed to build a six-story, 68-unit residential project at 93 Monroe Avenue, in St. George, located on Staten Island’s North Shore. The developer is seeking a zoning variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), DNAinfo reported. The proposal includes roughly double the number of residential units permitted under current zoning and would rise 20 feet above the height cap. The block-thru assemblage consists of four single- and two-story houses. Neither new building applications nor demolition permits have been filed. The lots were acquired for an undisclosed amount in 2015. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo is publicly urging the BSA to reject granting a the variance.
A year ago, the New York Post reported that Icon Realty had begun demolishing several tenements on Second Avenue between East 80th and 81st streets. Now, the developer has filed new building applications for a 30-story tower on the corner site, which will be known as 301 East 80th Street.
A 19th century home on the Upper West Side is on its way into the 21st Century. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved modifications to the structure at 347 West End Avenue.
In March of last year, Cornell Realty filed plans for a 10-story apartment building at 924 Myrtle Avenue, in northern Bed-Stuy, across the street from New York City Housing Authority’s Tompkins Houses. Now, a new developer appears to be in charge, and applications have been filed for a much smaller project.
Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate has acquired the dilapidating RKO Keith’s Theatre, of which the interior is an individual landmark, at 135-35 Northern Boulevard, in downtown Flushing, for $66 million. Xinyuan plans to redevelop the property into a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building dubbed Flushing Square, Real Estate Weekly reported. The project will encompass 372,598 square feet and will host retail space on the ground and second floors. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners will be responsible for the design. Although redevelopment plans were first filed as far back as 2003, the new architect will likely file new permits with the Buildings Department. Regarding the landmarked interior, Pei Cobb Freed will also have to seek approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission if the firm’s vision differs from those previously approved plans. The site was placed on the market earlier this year after the previous owners, JK Equities, acquired it in 2013 for $30 million.