The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed an 81,000-acre swath of the Atlantic Ocean located 11 miles south of Long Beach, Long Island, to be the site of future wind energy development. The area could be turned into an offshore wind farm, but not before a lengthy approval process is complete, according to the LI Herald. A developer would first have to design plans to build a wind farm, then lease a given area, trek through the required review steps, and obtain the proper approvals, at which point construction could finally begin. The entire process is estimated to take 10 years from start to finish. At this point, BOEM will conduct an environmental assessment to study the impacts of leasing the area. In 2013, BOEM launched a Request for Interest to gage the desirability to build wind farms. Multiple developers, including the New York Power Authority, have expressed interest.
Foundation work is underway for a four-story apartment building at 535 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. The 10-unit project, listed under the permit address of 539 Lorimer Street, sits within the core of the Brooklyn neighborhood, at the junction of the G and L trains.
This past December, the city launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the commercial development site at 2325 Third Avenue, in East Harlem. The plot is part of the mixed-use mega-development E125 that will turn two blocks, the ones bound by East 125th and 127th streets and Second and Third avenues, into roughly 1,000 residential units, up to 700,000 square feet of commercial space, and at least 30,000 square feet of community facilities. The Real Deal reports property owner Park-It Management is filings applications to move forward with another piece of the project at 213 East 125th Street. The existing two-story, nearly 20,000-square-foot commercial property will be expanded into a 14-story, 80-unit mixed-use building. The 96,539-square-foot structure will include 19,211 square feet of commercial-retail on the ground and second floors, and 6,212 square feet of community space on third floor. The apartment units should average 889 square feet apiece. SRA Architecture + Engineering will be designing.
Charles McInnis, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for two three-story, two-family residential buildings at 176-180 Beach 127th Street, in Belle Harbor, located on Queens’s Rockaway Peninsula. Both buildings will measure 3,000 square feet apiece, and in each structure, there will be one apartment on the ground floor and a second unit across the second and third floors. If the residential space is divvied up as such, there should be two 1,000-square-foot and two 2,000-square-foot units. Norman C. Lok’s Middle Village-based architecture firm is the applicant of record. Back in November, the site’s former dilapidated and Hurricane Sandy-ravaged two-and-a-half-story house was demolished.
TNE Buildings has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building at 31-15 86th Street, in Jackson Heights, located one mile north of the 82nd Street-Jackson Heights stop on the 7 train. The new building will measure 3,448 square feet and the full-floor residential units should average 862 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Pirooz Soltanizadeh’s Jamaica-based Royal Engineering is the applicant of record. The irregularly-shaped 3,383-square-foot plot of land is currently occupied by a single-story rowhouse. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.