It was revealed in March that plans for a commercial-retail complex at 90-02 168th Street, in downtown Jamaica, had been abandoned, and that the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) would be releasing an updated request for proposals (RFP) for the site. An updated RFP is now available, DNAinfo reported. The GJDC is seeking a team to build a mixed-use project that would include roughly 75,000 square feet of retail space and at least 250 residential units. Between 10 to 20 percent of the apartments would be set aside for artists. A larger portion, which includes some (or possibly all) of the artists’ units, will be designated as affordable, renting at below-market rates through a lottery. Overall, the vacant, 99,500-square-foot site could accommodate up to 497,500 square feet of mixed-use development. Applications for the RFP are due December 2nd, and the project should be complete by 2019.
Foundation work is well underway and approaching street level at 160 Leroy Street, in the West Village, where a 12-story, 57-unit residential building is under development. The latest photo, posted to the YIMBY Forums, was taken by construction chronicler Tectonic. The project will encompass 184,935 square feet and rise 155 feet above street level. The residential units will be condominiums, ranging from 1,000 square feet to a 12,000-square-foot penthouse. The average apartment should measure 2,471 square feet apiece. There will also be a small 834-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. Ian Schrager, Vector Group, and Carlton Group are the developers. Herzog & de Meuron is the design architect and S9 Architecture is the production architect. Completion is anticipated in late 2017.
A Great Neck, N.Y.-based company has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 710-714 Wortman Avenue, located on the corner of Pine Street, on East New York’s eastern end. The new buildings will each measure 3,780 square feet and their full-floor units should average 1,260 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. There will be a total of four off-street parking spaces. Sion Hourizadeh’s Floral Park, N.Y.-based Sion Consulting Engineering is the applicant of record. The 6,200-square-foot site is vacant.
When the early 19th century townhouse at 54 MacDougal Street in SoHo bit the dust, preservationists were outraged. However, YIMBY has new renderings of the project replacing the 1820 structure, and the design seems to fit in well with the rest of the pre-war block.
There are literally tens of thousands of buildings in New York City that have landmarks protection, either as individual landmarks or part of a historic district. However, there are fewer than 200 designated interiors. That number could soon go up.