On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved construction of a new two-unit house at the corner of St. Felix Street and Hanson Place in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District. The new construction at 147 St. Felix Street, a lot vacant since 1999, will rise three stories and will hopefully fare better than the site’s two previous occupants.
YIMBY last reported on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub last July, when the ribbed structure’s exoskeleton was complete, the glass skylight was going in, and interior work was the focus. Now, the transit center, dubbed the Oculus, is expected to officially open in early March, Curbed NY reports. The $3.9 billion creation was designed by Santiago Calatrava and will serve as the terminus for World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, and connection points for the A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 subway lines, multiple MTA buses, and ferry service. In addition, 365,000 square feet of retail space, managed by Westfield Corp., is in the works within the transit hub alone.
Property owner Kole Popaj has filed applications for two three-story, four-unit residential buildings at 513-515 Van Nest Avenue, in the Van Nest section of the Bronx, located three blocks from the East 180th Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The buildings will measure 4,270 and 4,005 square feet, respectively, and the residential space in both structures will total 6,207 square feet. That means units across the development will average 776 square feet, which is indicative of rentals. Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the applicant of record. The existing two-story house was filed for demolition last summer.
Guy Altberg, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 116 West 127th Street, in Harlem, located two blocks north of the 125th Street stop on the 2 and 3 trains. The 5,420 square-foot structure would rise on a vacant 17-foot-wide lot and will include 4,622 square feet of residential space. One residential unit will occupy the basement and first floors, and the second units will span the second, third, and penthouse levels. Suresh Manchanda’s Flushing-based L&C Associates is the applicant of record.
Tina Silvestri, doing business as a Queens-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 102-49 43rd Avenue, in North Corona, located four blocks from the 103rd Street- Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train. The project will measure 7,772 square feet in total, 6,153 square feet of which includes residential space, which means units will average 769 square feet apiece. Great Neck-based Frank Petruso is the architect of record. An existing 2.5-story structure must first be demolished.