A committee assigned to propose changes for Midtown East’s zoning is expected to submit plans with the City by June 30th, hopefully facilitating a rezoning that would be formally crafted by the Department of Planning. The rezoning may give developers a boost in FAR in return for funding transit improvements. Also, developers may be able to transfer air rights from landmarked buildings to other properties within the district as-of-right, according The Wall Street Journal.
The 26-story, 350-dorm-unit Passive House building in the works at Cornell Tech Campus, on Roosevelt Island below the 59th Street Bridge, is now under construction, according to The New York Times. The 270,000 square-foot building, designed by Handel Architects, would be the tallest Passive House building in the world upon completion in 2017. Hudson Companies, Cornell Tech and Related Companies are developing, and the entire $2 billion campus should be built out over the next two decades.
Concrete and steel beams are up to the fourth floor of Aloft Hotel, a 176-key hotel project at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City, The Court Square Blog reports. The development will span 68,160 square feet on the thru-block lot, featuring an 18-story tower on Jackson Avenue and a thinner eight-story counterpart on Hunter Street. Gene Kaufman is designing and Nissim Seliktar is listed as the property’s owner. Completion is expected in Spring 2016.
Yesterday, a seven-unit residential building was filed at 1241 42nd Street, in northern Borough Park, and now the same developer, Mayer Meisels, has filed applications at the adjacent lot at 1245 42nd Street. Per the newest application, plans call for a four-story, four-unit building, with units measuring an average 1,100 square feet. Kenneth Thomas is the applicant of record, and the existing two-story, two-unit structure must first be demolished.
Property owner Won Chong Kim has filed applications for a four-story, 19,060 square-foot mixed-use commercial building at 212-12 – 212-14 Northern Boulevard, in central Bayside. The 50-foot-tall structure will have retail space on the ground floor, offices on the second, and health care facilities on the third and fourth floors. Sokwon Im’s Doric Consulting is the applicant of record, and excavation has already begun at the site.