Four detached wood-frame houses near downtown Jamaica may bite the dust for a sizable residential building. Plans were filed last week to erect eight stories of apartments on the site where the houses currently stand, at 89-07 148th Street. The 74-foot-tall development would rise between 89th and 90th Avenues, a block west of Rufus King Park and across the street from the monolithic Queens Civil Court building. The building would have 97 apartments squeezed into 64,509 square feet of residential space, for average units measuring a rental-sized 665 square feet.
Construction is now 10 stories above street level on the 33-story, 271-key AC Hotel, a Marriott brand, under development at 151 Maiden Lane, located on the corner of Front Street in the Financial District. The progress can be seen thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the structure will measure 139,891 square feet and stand 336 feet to its pinnacle at the top of the bulkhead. Retail space will occupy some of the ground floor and hotel rooms will be located on the third through 30th floors. LCRE Group is the developer and Pizzarotti-IBC is building the project. Peter F. Poon’s SoHo-based architecture firm is the architect. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
Last week, applications were filed for a four-story, 18,987-square-foot commercial building at 286 Lenox Avenue, located between West 124th and 125th streets in Harlem. A rendering of the project has since surfaced, courtesy of Harlem+Bespoke. Staten Island-based Gambino+LaPorta Architecture is behind the design. There plan includes retail space on the ground floor and office space on the second, third, and fourth floors. The rendering indicates Sephora, a French cosmetic company, may set up shop in the building, although nothing has been confirmed. An anonymous Midtown East-based LLC is the property owner. A two-story building must first be demolished.
Construction is underway on the top floor of a 12-story, 32-unit mixed-use project at 550 West 29th Street, in West Chelsea. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the new building will encompass 61,502 square feet and rise 135 feet to its roof, not including the bulkhead. There will be 4,572 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by condominiums, averaging 1,573 square feet apiece, on the floors above. Cary Tamarkin’s Flatiron District-based Tamarkin Company is the developer and is designing the project in-house. Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is the executive architect. Completion is expected in 2017.
The northeastern Bronx is still a bastion of small market-rate development. Yesterday, plans surfaced for a six-story, market-rate apartment building at 3545 White Plains Road in Williamsbridge, a couple blocks east of Woodlawn Cemetery and the Bronx River.