Work is now underway to convert the dilapidated three-story (plus basement), 12-unit single-room-occupancy (SRO) building at 226 West 132nd Street, in Harlem, into four residential apartments. Construction on the building can be seen in a photo posted to Harlem+Bespoke. Permits at the Buildings Department indicate there will be 3,384 square feet of residential space, which means the project’s four full-floor apartments should average 846 square feet apiece. It’s unclear if the apartments will be condominiums or rentals. Renovations to the structure include a rebuilding of the interior spaces, foundational work, and new windows. Chi F. Lau’s TriBeCa-based architectural firm is the architect of record and David Lavipour is the property owner. Completion can probably be expected later this year.
Queens-based property owner Lakhwinder Singh has filed applications for three two-story, two-family houses at 131-03 – 131-09 133rd Street, in South Ozone Park. Two of them will measure 3,020 square feet, while the third will measure a slightly smaller 2,856 square feet. Across all three, their full-floor residential units should average 898 square feet apiece, indicative of smaller family-sized configurations. Giuseppe Bonomo’s Staten Island-based Design Build Staten Island Inc. is the architect of record. The 9,000-square-foot lot, located on the corner of 131st Avenue, is currently partially occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t yet been filed. The site is located just blocks from the northern edge of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Jane Street has been a hot spot for controversial projects of late. The latest was a proposal for a mega-mansion at 85-89 Jane Street. The presentation packed the house at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, where no decision was rendered.
The old wood frame houses and brick walkups along Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg are slowly giving way to new concrete and glass. Today, we have a look at a new building headed for the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Powers Street, around the corner from the Grand Street L stop.
Most of the new construction in Long Island City dwarfs what it replaces, whether the new buildings are 50-story towers or mid-rise apartment buildings. However, every once in a while, someone tears down a wood frame house to build a slightly larger townhouse.