Single room occupancy hotels, or SROs, are a sad remnant of New York City’s past, and in expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods, SRO status can create significant roadblocks for homeowners who want to buy and renovate a building. But one homeowner has gotten all her paperwork in order and filed plans to convert an SRO at 82 Dean Street in Boerum Hill into a large single-family home.
Christian Volkmann has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at the vacant, 20-foot-wide lot at 108 West 123rd Street, in central Harlem. The building will measure 4,745 square feet, which works out to full-floor units averaging 1,185 square feet, indicative of condominiums. The developer also appears to be the architect, head of Aardvarchitecture.
In addition to seven new building applications filed on Monday for two-family residential projects in eastern Queens, stretching from Flushing to JFK, one developer is planning a denser development at 35-39 101st Street, in North Corona, a few blocks north of the 103rd St – Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train. Patricio Lopez is planning six residential units across two three-story buildings. The residential units, averaging 1,027 square feet, will be split evenly between the two buildings. Suresh Manchanda’s L&C Associates is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were filed in June to remove the existing two-story, single-family home.
At 222 East 13th Street, in the East Village, a dilapidated & vacant four-story townhouse has begun its conversion into Bea Arthur Residence, a 18-bed supportive housing facility for homeless LGBT youth, according to EV Grieve. NYC HPD owns the property, which has gotten ULURP approvals, and opening is expected in 2016. The building will expand by 6,030 square feet, according to the DOB, and Magnusson Architecture & Planning is designing.
The Church of the Redeemer, at 24 4th Avenue near the Barclays Center in Boerum Hill, is slated for demolition this fall to make way for a yet-to-be-determined development, according to The Wall Street Journal. Jackson Group acquired the property for $20 million in 2010, and the contents of the church will likely be sold. Demolition permits were filed in May, and a pre-demolition inspection conducted earlier this July passed.