As befitting one of the planet’s key engines of economic and cultural motion, New York City exists in a state of constant change. This is particularly true for the city’s older, centrally located neighborhoods, such as TriBeCa. Over the past two centuries, its western portion along West Street has been repeatedly transformed beyond recognition, particularly by the 1960s urban renewal program that completely cleared dozens of formerly-vibrant blocks. But even there, a 32-year building life span is short by any measure.
Property owner Balwinder Singh has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 144-32 Liberty Avenue, in western Jamaica, located eight blocks south of the Jamaica station on the Long Island Rail Road. The structure will measure 6,289 square feet and will include 1,617 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The residential units should average 779 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Nasir J. Khanzada’s Queens-based company is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,154-square-foot lot, at the corner of Inwood Street, has long been vacant. Its last occupant was a single-story structure, which was internally demolished in 1991.
Property owner Michael Chen, doing business as an anonymous Jericho, N.Y.-based LLC, has filed applications for four two-story, two-family residential buildings at 197-18 – 197-24 47th Avenue, in Auburndale, located 12 blocks from the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station. Each house will measure 2,800 square feet, and across the entire development, each full-floor apartment should average 931 square feet apiece. Each house will also come with three off-street parking spots. Ling Lu’s Flushing-based Lining Architecture is the architect of record. The 12,413-square-foot plot is currently occupied by what appears to be an abandoned collection of partially complete, two-story attached houses. The new project faces 47th Avenue, which means 198th Street may finally be extended through to 47th Avenue.
Back in December of 2015, foundation work was reportedly underway for the eight-story, 134-unit mixed-use building at 2351 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, located between West 137th and 138th streets in northern Harlem. Now, construction on the structure is is three stories above street level, Harlem+Bespoke reported. The project, dubbed The Renny, will encompass 198,497 square feet. It will include 17,879 square feet of ground-floor retail space, in addition to 22,327 square feet of space for a religious facility across portions of the cellar through fifth floors. The residential units, located on the third through eighth floors, should average 860 square feet apiece. They will be rentals, and 27 will rent at below-market rates. Amenities include private residential storage, an 67-car underground garage, space for 70 bikes, private residential storage, laundry facilities, a fitness center, an outdoor terrace on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. BRP Companies is the developer, while GF55 Partners is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, located at 34-12 36th Street in southern Astoria, is planning to build a four-story expansion of their production complex at 36-06 34th Avenue, located at the corner of 36th Street and 34th Avenue, three blocks from the Steinway Street stop on the M and R trains. The expansion will include two new stages, one which will measure 15,381 square feet and a second to measure 8,573 square feet, according to Crain’s. It will also include 26,000 square feet of ancillary production space, 45,000 square feet of office space, and an underground parking garage. Construction is expected to begin in the fall, with completion scheduled in 2018. The corner site is currently vacant.