The Salvation Army is abandoning plans to demolish vacant wings of the former Bayley Seton Hospital in order to build a new community center, at 75 Vanderbilt Avenue, in the Clinton section of Staten Island. DNAinfo reports the plans were dropped due to economic challenges and a lack of financing for the project. The long-planned, Dattner Architects-designed Ray and Joan Kroc Corps. Community Center would have served as an educational and recreational hub for children. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo plans to work with the Salvation Army, and possibly others, over the next few weeks to draw up new plans for the sprawling site. The organization acquired six buildings across seven acres of the campus in 2009. Richmond University Medical Center currently operates in the main building.
Property owner Haim Levy, doing business as Phoenix Home Realty Inc., has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 129 Schaefer Street, in eastern Bushwick, located five blocks from the Wilson Avenue stop on the L train. The structure will measure just 5,133 square feet and its full-floor residential units should average 1,027 square feet apiece. That means family-sized rental units are probably in the works here. Queens-based Gerald J. Caliendo is the architect of record. The 19-foot-wide lot is currently vacant.
Brooklyn-based Josef Perlstein, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 98 Martin Luther King Jr. Place, in northern Bedford-Stuyvesant, located two blocks from the Myrtle – Willoughby Avenues stop on the G train. The structure will encompass 10,733 square feet and its residential units will average 750 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments on each floor. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide lot is currently vacant.
In June of 2015, YIMBY reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission – after several contentious sessions – approved redevelopment plans for the 12-story, five-unit residential building at 807 Park Avenue, between East 74th and 75th streets, on the Upper East Side. The 18,972-square-foot project includes rebuilding the existing structure but keeping intact the remnant of the original building’s façade on floors two through five. The current building consists of a 12-story, three-unit rental property, although the site is now being placed on the market for north of $30 million by its owner, Aion Partners, the New York Post reports. The approved redevelopment plans, designed by PBDW Architects and Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, include a triplex unit across the ground through third floors, three duplex units across the next six floors, and a triplex unit on the 10th through 13th floors.
Queens-based property owner Choi Yui Chan has filed applications for two four-story, four-unit mixed-use buildings at 37-11 – 37-15 103rd Street, in North Corona, located two blocks north of the 103rd Street – Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train. Each of the new structures will measure a total 8,048 square feet and include 1,317 square feet of ground-floor retail or restaurant space. Both buildings will have fifth-floor penthouses, with two units on the second floor and the other two units spread across the third and fourth floors. The apartments will average 1,040 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Robert H. Lin’s Flushing-based A&T Engineering is the applicant of record. The site is currently occupied by two townhouses, for which demolition permits have not yet been filed.