Back in 2002, the Moinian Group acquired, for an undisclosed amount, the 19,750-square-foot lot at 220 Eleventh Avenue, located between West 25th and 26th streets in West Chelsea. Since then, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has constructed what appears to be a ventilation system for the 7 Subway Extension on the northern end of the lot. Now, we can bring you news that the developer is moving forward with development of the site. Planned is a mixed-use project, with condominiums and a space for a cultural institution, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project was one of the last that Zaha Hadid personally designed before she unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. The site can accommodate up to 187,820 square feet of new mixed-use development. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2017.
Over the weekend, it was revealed, by the New York Post, that Extell Development is partnering with Hard Rock International to build a Hard Rock Hotel at 151-159 West 48th Street, located mid-block between Sixth and Seventh avenues, near Times Square in Midtown. Now, a rendering and additional details have been released in a Curbed NY report. The hotel tower will boast 445 rooms, a lobby lounge, a restaurant and bar, a rooftop lounge, and an underground speakeasy-style establishment. The hotel will also feature iconic music memorabilia, like many Hard Rock locations do. The 13,153-square-foot site is currently occupied by a seven-story parking garage and a five-story tenement building. Permits were filed to demolish the garage in February. The assemblage can accommodate 180,336 square feet of commercial development as-of-right. Additional air rights can be acquired elsewhere on the block and from around the district, as the site sits within the special Times Square zoning district.
Queens-based property owner Bin Yan, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 101-16 – 101-18 Lewis Avenue, in Corona, located five blocks north of the Long Island Expressway. Each structure will measure just 3,600 square feet. Across both, the full-floor residential units should average 833 square feet apiece. The ground-floor of each structure will feature a single-car garage and laundry facilities will be located in the cellars. Thee Shiun Eric Ken’s Flushing-based company is the applicant of record. The project will rise on a 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot on the corner of 102nd Street. Demolition permits were filed in March to remove the site’s single-story occupant.
Brooklyn-based property owner David Mosseri has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 287 Midwood Street, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, located four blocks from the Sterling Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The structure will measure 6,000 square feet and its residential units should average 733 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor on the ground through second floors, followed by two units across both the third and fourth floors. David Nagan’s Fresh Meadows-based King David Architecture is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,000-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
Back in September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 505 Clinton Avenue, in southern Clinton Hill, located right above of the Clinton-Washington Avenues stop on the C train. Those plans never got off the ground and are now being replaced with ones for a six-story, 12-unit residential project. The latest new building application calls for one with 10,350 square feet of residential space, which means units should average 862.5 square feet apiece. The structure would be topped by a penthouse level, which would be associated with one of the sixth-floor apartments and would be a duplex. The development team has also changed since 2014, with Brooklyn-based Dimora NYC Inc. now the developer and Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Engineering as the architect. The 30-foot-wide site’s old two-story house was demolished in March.