The New York Botanical Garden has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a mixed-use development assemblage at 2856-2870 Webster Avenue and 412 Bedford Park Boulevard, in Bedford Park. According to Curbed NY, the site could accommodate roughly 300 residential units, in addition to a 125-plus-key hotel and at least 12,000 square feet of retail. The site is located right above the Metro-North Railroad’s Botanical Garden station and currently consists of multiple low-rise commercial buildings. Proposal submissions are due on March 1, and the Garden is hoping to choose a developer before April.
Sam Manshari, head of a Fresh Meadows-based anonymous LLC, has filed applications for four two-story, two-unit residential buildings at 1068-1070 East 98th Street and 217-221 Conklin Avenue, in Canarsie, located a block south of the Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway stop on the L train. The two buildings on East 98th Street will have 1,887 square feet of residential space each, which means full-floor units at those addresses will average 944 square feet apiece. On Conklin Avenue, the buildings will each measure 2,740 square feet, so full-floor units there will average 1,370 square feet apiece. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. The L-shaped property assemblage is currently vacant.
In late 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the 45-acre residential redevelopment of the dilapidated 96-acre New York City Farm Colony campus, located centrally on Staten Island. Last week, the City Council approved plans to sell 45 acres of the property to NFC Associates, the New York Times reports. The Staten Island-based developer will rehabilitate five existing buildings, demolish five others, build 14 multi-unit townhouses, and also build three six-story residential buildings. Dubbed Landmark Colony, there will be a total of 344 condominiums, 34 of which will be sold at below-market rates, but all of which will be home to people 55 and older. Of the 45 redeveloped acres, 17 acres will be landscaped public space, and 17,000 square feet of commercial space is planned. Vengoechea & Boyland Architecture is designing, and units will begin to come online next year.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update in September, when foundation work was just wrapping up on multiple buildings of Cornell Tech’s planned Roosevelt Island campus. Since then, phase one’s academic buildings and residential tower have risen in the form of steel beams and concrete pours, respectively. Now, Snøhetta has been tasked to design the Verizon Executive Education Building, The Real Deal reports. It will be a conference center and is included in the first construction phase, which is due for completion in mid-2017. The other three buildings going up are the Bloomberg Center, The Bridge, and CornellTECH Residential, which are being designed by Morphosis Architecture, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture, and Handel Architects.
The landmarked St. James Episcopal Church hopes to build 12 stories of affordable housing on part of their property at 2500 Jerome Avenue, in the University Heights section of the Bronx.