Locals are rallying for the Department of Education to consider building a new middle school at the vacant city lot at 47-99 37th Avenue, in Sunnyside, adjacent to the LIRR tracks. The lot measures 125,000 square feet and is currently being used to store equipment and street parts, per the Sunnyside Post. The area has one middle school, which is currently being expanded by 600 seats, although future accommodation of students will be needed if Long Island City’s rapid development spreads any further east.
Nine stories of condos may replace a little brick walkup on the corner of Second Avenue and East 45th Street. Architect Karl Fischer filed applications earlier today for a 100-foot-tall building at 843 Second Avenue.
Gaia Real Estate is planning to convert the seven-story former St. Vincent’s hospital building at 416 West 52nd Street, in Hell’s Kitchen, into 155 condominiums. The roughly 156,000 square-foot building will boast relatively affordable units averaging about 1,000 square feet and starting at $1 million. The vacant building was acquired from the Chetrit Group back in August for $156.5 million. Earlier this year, the Chetrit Group converted the building into 156 rental apartments. [The Real Deal]
The School Construction Authority has proposed constructing a new 33,400-square-foot, 600-seat middle school at 111-16 Astoria Boulevard, in East Elmhurst, according to DNAinfo. The lot is currently vacant and the city has not yet acquired the property. The new school would help overcrowding issues at other neighboring schools in the district. Comments on the proposal can be made through November 23rd.
In September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 25-story mixed-use residential and retail building at 210 Livingston Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now Benenson Capital Partners and Rose Associates are close to landing $158 million in construction loans for the project. The building will have 368 residential units, which is an increase from the 349 reported last year, and more than 14,000 square feet of retail space is planned. Handel Architects is designing, and a 175,000 square-foot office building was demolished to make way for the tower, per The Real Deal.