Earlier this month, news broke that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was moving forward with plans to upgrade Pennsylvania Station, between West 31st and 33rd streets on Eighth Avenue in Midtown, and now the state has issued a Request For Proposals (RFR) for the project, dubbed the Empire Station Complex. According to Curbed NY, the document highlights plans to build a main entrance on Eight Avenue, which would entail demolishing the Theater at MSG. In addition, it would connect the station to the proposed new tracks of the Gateway Project, which includes new tunnels under the Hudson River and Amtrak’s expansion into Moynihan Train Hall (the Farley Post Office) and the connecting concourse, along with other upgrades. The renderings were created by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, although the selected team could go ahead with a different firm. Proposals are due by April 22.
In March of 2015, YIMBY reported on filings for a 23-story, 108-unit mixed-use tower at 1399 Park Avenue, between East 103rd and 104th street in East Harlem. Initially, Heritage Real Estate Partners planned a rental building, but the project will now have 72 condominiums, according to The Real Deal. Since there will be 93,850 square feet of residential space, units will average 1,303 square feet apiece. The 134,000 square-foot development will also have 20,198 square feet of non-profit community facility space on the ground through fourth floors. Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is the architect of record. The site’s two former dilapidated townhouses have since been demolished.
Elmhurst-based Song Lin has filed applications for ten four-story, three-unit residential buildings at 85-08 – 85-20 57th Avenue and 84-71 – 84-77 57th Road, in Elmhurst, five blocks from the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the M and R trains. The buildings, which will vary in size, will be built on a block-thru lot at the current site of the New York Bethzatha Church. Six of them will have 3,995 square feet of residential space each, which means their units will average 1,332 square feet apiece. Two other buildings will measure 3,979 square feet, one will have 4,698 square feet and the final building will total 6,237 square feet. The units in the largest building would average 2,079 square feet, so condominiums are more than likely in the works. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed to remove the church in November.
Since April of 2015, Brooklyn-based Blue Stone Capital has been filing applications for a six-story, 20-unit residential building at 3 West 128th Street, in Harlem. The project will encompass 15,896 square feet, and 13,163 square feet will be used as residential space. Units will begin on the ground floor and will average 658 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. The structure will be topped by a 433.5 square-foot rooftop recreational space. Boaz Golani’s Bronx-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record. The 35-foot-wide vacant lot traded hands for $2 million this past October.
Seewell Realty, based in Scarsdale, N.Y., has filed applications for a seven-story, 15,624 square-foot medical office building at 63 Audubon Avenue, between West 168th and 169th streets in Washington Heights. The offices, in the form of community facility space, will total 11,854 square feet in the building. It’s not known how many separate medical groups are expected to operate in the new structure, although the cellar level through the seventh floor will contain offices. Alexander Zhitnik, head of Chinatown-based Z Architecture, is designing the building. Demolition permits were filed back in 2014 to raze the existing three-story, two-unit wood-frame townhouse.