Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) have launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 400-unit-plus, mixed-use development on the block bound by Park and Madison avenues and East 111th and 112th streets, in East Harlem. The request mandates the development to be entirely below market-rate and to have at least 400 rental apartments. In addition, all proposals must be of Passive House standards, according to Politico New York. The project will also include commercial and community facility components, and likely a public park space. The 76,500-square-foot development site currently consists of East Harlem Little League’s baseball field and four community gardens. It takes up the entire block, with the exception of the vacant lot at 91 East 111th Street and the four-story building at 1679 Madison Avenue. The baseball field and two of the community gardens will be relocated within the neighborhood. Since the project will be built on city-owned land, the selected proposal would have to be approved through the city’s ULURP process.
Earlier this year, the 11-story, 44-unit mixed-use building under development at 251 1st Street (a.k.a. 275 Fourth Avenue), in Park Slope, was several floors above street level. Now, the project has topped out and is receiving its façade elements, as seen in photos by our friend Tectonic. The development, which goes by 251 First, encompasses 82,045 square feet. The latest filings indicate it will feature 4,273 square feet of ground-floor retail space in addition to a 335-square-foot medical office. The residential units will be condominiums and should average 1,368 square feet apiece. Amenities include a stroller valet and storage room, a lounge, a library, fitness and yoga room, a children’s playroom, storage for 22 bikes, a pet washing and grooming station, laundry facilities, a landscaped courtyard, and a rooftop recreational area. The U.S. arm of Shenzhen-based developer Vanke Group is behind the project, while ODA New York is the design architect. Issac & Stern Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected later this year.
Construction is wrapping up on a seven-story, eight-unit residential building at 310 West 114th Street, in Harlem, Harlem+Bespoke reports. The 12,554-square-foot project is being developed by property owner Emmanuel P. Denis, doing business as Kew Gardens-based Rafael Homes. Its residential units should average a spacious 1,310 square feet apiece, and will be condominiums. Units will come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations, and include two duplexes and a penthouse featuring outdoor terraces. Reza Khamcy’s Great Neck-based Icon Engineering is the applicant of record. Completion can probably be expected in the summer.
The new World Trade Center is coming together. In March, the Santiago Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened. Liberty Park is due to open this summer. Now, we have news about one of the complex’s skyscrapers. 3 World Trade Center, located at 175 Greenwich Street, has reached supertall height.
The forest of glassy towers in Hudson Yards is about to get a new addition. YIMBY spotted a construction rendering for 515 West 36th Street, a 38-story residential building under construction between 10th and 11th avenues on the far West Side.