Back in 2014, we reported on permits for a new 52-story hotel at 138 East 50th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues in Midtown East. YIMBY can now reveal the latest plans for the site, which have changed significantly, and the entirety of the building above the retail base will be condominiums. The project has also received a significant height boost, and is now slated to stand 64 stories and 803 feet tall, with Pelli Clarke Pelli serving as the design architect.
Do what the Landmarks Preservation Commission asks and you shall receive its blessing. So was the case for the hotel planned for 456 Greenwich Street, sitting partly in the TriBeCa North Historic District. The proposal went before the commission in early August, but the brick choice and square fenestrations didn’t fly. So, the applicant was forced to come back. They did so on Tuesday and had perhaps the most pain-free experience in this journalist’s experience with the LPC.
The city hopes to kick off its big East New York rezoning within the next few weeks, and it plans to subsidize the construction of 1,200 new affordable apartments in the transit-rich area near Broadway Junction. Meanwhile, market-rate development is slowly growing in the southern half of the neighborhood, where new construction comes in the form of small three- and four-story buildings—the only thing that pencils out right now.
Earlier this spring, YIMBY reported on the approval of the planned residential conversion of the 24-story 212 Fifth Avenue, in NoMad, and now the project is underway, according to The New York Times. Madison Equities, Thor Equities, and Building and Land Technology are developing, and 48 condominiums are being carved out of the structure, ranging from two to four bedrooms apiece. Helpern Architects is designing, and a spring 2016 delivery date is anticipated.
Flushing-based We Ye, operating as Prince Club LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 18-unit mixed-use building at 24-38 Steinway Street, in central Astoria, seven blocks east of the N and Q trains’ stop at Astoria Boulevard. The building will total 17,634 square feet, and will feature 3,163 and 227 square feet of retail and community space, respectively, on the ground floor. Above, units will average 791 square feet each. Flushing-based Chang Hwa Tan is the architect of record, and an existing single-story building must first be demolished.