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.
The Ronald McDonald House located at 405 East 73rd Street, on the Upper East Side, is proposing to expand their 11-story, 84-unit pediatric oncology residential facility. According to DNAinfo, the expansion would add 11 additional family suites, six of which would be isolation rooms for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. The Boards of Standards and Appeals must first approve the project because the expansion would flow over the allowable square-footage. If approved, the building would be reconfigured and parts of it pulled closer to the street, adding 7,000 square feet of additional space. Construction would last about a year.
While 2014 was a banner year for new building filings in the five boroughs with 44,817 new units entering the DOB pipeline, 2015 saw a substantial decrease in activity. With 33,973 units filed in new developments over the course of last year, year-over-year filings decreased by almost 25%.