Developer Urban Standard Development is now seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals to build three extra stories as part of a 10-story, nine-unit residential project at 142 West 19th Street, in Chelsea. The developer requires a variance from the city to build a project taller than seven stories, the height of the adjacent buildings, due to zoning rules that restrict new buildings on narrow lots from being taller than their immediate neighbors, DNAinfo reported. Filings with the Buildings Department currently resemble the 10-story proposal. If a variance is granted, the project would measure 16,903 square feet and its residential units would probably average 1,803 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Two of them would be duplexes. Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed a preliminary rendering of a seven-story building that can be built without a variance. Think! Architecture and Design is behind the design. A four-story, seven-unit residential building must first be demolished.
Demolitions aren’t particularly frequent in historic districts, but it looks like another one is going to happen. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal to demolish the current building at 466-468 Columbus Avenue, on the Upper West Side, and replace it with a mixed-use building. While the commissioners weren’t ready to approve the proposal, the demolition aspect didn’t seem to be a stumbling block.
A small, modern apartment building is coming to Quincy Street on the northern edge of Bed-Stuy, and YIMBY has the first look at the project, which is under construction between Patchen and Ralph avenues.
Extell Development has filed plans for a 13-story, mixed-use development at 501 Third Avenue, at the corner of 34th Street on the border between Kips Bay and Murray Hill.
The former flagship Toys “R” Us store closed last December, leaving vacant the three-story, 160,000-square-foot building at 1530 Broadway, located between West 44th and 45th streets in Times Square. Since then, work has been underway to…