The City’s EDC has confirmed the redevelopment of the parking lot at 493 11th Avenue, on West 39th Street in Midtown West, according to DNAinfo. The City will request proposals this summer for a permanently all-affordable housing tower, which will also have retail and community space on the lower levels. The site was previously said to allow for a 45-story, 300-unit building, and was formerly occupied by a six-story slaughterhouse, demolished in the 1980’s.
SL Green’s 1.6 million-square-foot office tower at One Vanderbilt Avenue will not only be a test case for the city’s ambitious Midtown East rezoning plan, but it’s one of the few times in recent memory that a private developer has agreed to finance and perform substantial construction work for the MTA.
Trader Joe’s has leased 18,000 square feet in Alliance Private Capital’s planned 45,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial building, which will include offices on the upper levels, at 206 Kent Avenue, a block in from the East River in Williamsburg. According to Crain’s Business, the grocery store will take space on the ground and basement levels. New building applications have not yet been filed, but the lot is currently vacant; the site’s former two-story warehouse was demolished in 2013.
Construction has wrapped up at 331 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, where Halpern Real Estate Ventures has built a 13-story, 78-unit residential building, per EV Grieve. The building measures 57,560 square feet, which means units average 740 square feet, and 16 apartments are set aside as affordable. SBJ Group designed the building, and occupancy is likely planned in the next few weeks once the remaining scaffolding is deconstructed.
Sandy Robbins, of Blackstone Builders Inc., has filed applications for a four-unit residential development spanning the lots of 101-12 – 101-16 158th Avenue, in Old Howard Beach, a block north of the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop on the A train. Twin two-story buildings will each house two residential units, with units averaging 1,190 square feet. Ben Leonardi’s Miele Associates is the applicant of record, and demolition work commenced on the existing single-story home in June.