At a City Council hearing today, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development endorsed a pair of bills that would require annual audits to crack down on builders who are skirting affordable housing requirements in the 421-a property tax exemption program.
The 41-story, 977,745-square-foot mixed-use tower known as 3 Park Avenue, located between East 33rd and 34th streets in Midtown South, is set to receive a $30 million renovation. The 556-foot-tall tower’s lobby will be redesigned, the exterior will be modernized, and its 25,000 square feet of retail will see renovations. Other aspects of the project include renovations to the hallways and common areas, and upgraded mechanical infrastructure, Commercial Observer reported. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is designing the renovation, with AREA Architects responsible for redesigning the lobby.
Long Island City-based Bayside Contracting has filed applications for a four-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 35-48 32nd Street, on the southern end of Astoria. The project will measure 3,068 square feet, including 1,331 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by three residential units across the floors above. The full-floor apartments should average 579 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Joseph Sultana’s Bayside-based JLS Designs is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot is occupied by a three-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not been filed.
A Staten Island-based property owner has filed applications for two three-story, two-family houses at 212-216 Nippon Avenue, located on the corner of Ionia Avenue in Woodrow, a neighborhood along Staten Island’s South Shore. The buildings will measure 5,334 square feet and 3,343 square feet each, respectively. Across both, the residential units should average a family-sized 1,500 square feet apiece. Both will also have three off-street parking spaces each, one of which will be enclosed on the ground floor. Joseph M. Morace’s Staten Island-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 10,000-square-foot plot was occupied by a two-story house until it was demolished over the summer.
Renovations on a three-story, 8,856-square-foot mixed-use building are wrapping up at 61 Canal Street, located on the corner of Allen Street in Chinatown. Retail space will measure 2,143 square feet on the ground floor, followed by 6,713 square feet of community facility space on the second and third floors. Cheng Chio Buddhist Temple, also the property owner, will occupy the community space, Bowery Boogie reported. Rectories will be located on the second floor, worship space on the third, and the cellar will be utilized as a kitchen and storage space. A pagoda was also added up top. Sagnam Chang’s Brooklyn-based Basic Groups Corp. is the architect of record.