New York City is on its way to getting another historic district. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to put the consideration of the Morningside Heights Historic District on its calendar.
Nine years after the Bloomberg administration rezoned Jamaica, Queens, new construction is finally starting to appear in the neighborhood. The latest project to add to the list is coming to 148-36 89th Avenue, close to several train lines and the Long Island Rail Road stop at Jamaica.
YIMBY revealed renderings and reported on new building applications last year for La Central, a five-building, 992-unit mixed-use development planned on an assemblage of vacant lots at 430 Westchester Avenue, in the South Bronx’s Melrose section. The project required approval via the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). That process was nearly completed on Wednesday, when the City Council voted to approve the proposal, the Daily News reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio still has to sign off on it. Assuming his honor does, construction would be carried out in two phases, with the first phase to be completed in 2018 and the second in 2019. The buildings will range from eight to 25 stories and all 992 apartments will be designated as affordable or supportive housing. The majority will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery, although 160 will be supportive units. Over 45,000 square feet of retail is planned, as well as 30,000 square feet of community facilities.
Brooklyn-based Cityscape Builders has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building at 563 Dahill Road, located on the eastern edge of Borough Park. The project will measure 8,602 square feet and its full-floor residential units should average 2,150 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be one off-street parking space and the structure will be topped by a roof terrace. Kenneth Thomas’s Nanuet, N.Y.-based firm is the applicant of record. The 40-foot-wife, 4,000-square-foot property is currently partially occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Ditmas Avenue stop on the F train is located a block away.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, one of New York City’s largest TV and film production facilities, announced this summer that they hoped to add two more soundstages to their century-old campus. Now, they’ve filed plans for a sizable four-story building at 36-02 34th Avenue, at the corner of 36th Street and across the street from their two main studios.