The City Council held its first day of hearings Tuesday on mandatory inclusionary housing, a major citywide policy that will mandate affordable units in all new developments planned on rezoned land. Several council members grilled Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, HPD Commissioner Vicki Been, and City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod on the program, railing about the lack of low-income units and union labor and demanding better protections against tenant harassment and displacement.
Back in October, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal that would remake a good chunk of West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It would include restoring two landmarks and construction of a 64-story mixed-use tower. The hearing in October was paused because of the late hour and lack of quorum, and when it resumed on Tuesday, it became clear that one aspect of it was the big stumbling block.
Lazer Waldman, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, 24-unit residential building at 73 Starr Street, in western Bushwick, located five blocks from the Central Avenue stop on the M train. The project will encompass 23,240 square feet of space and will have 16,279 square feet of residential space. That means unit will average a rental-sized 678 square feet apiece. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the architect of record. Multiple single-story warehouses must first be demolished.
Iona College is currently building a seven-story, 310-student dormitory at 690 North Avenue, in New Rochelle, located in Westchester County. According to Westfair, construction began early last year and the project was recently awarded a $2.5 million from the state Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program Board. The building will feature publicly accessible retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. Completion is expected sometime later this year, before the start of the fall semester.
Property owner Michael Librizzio has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 156 Devoe Street, in central Williamsburg, located two blocks south of the Graham Avenue stop on the L train. The project will encompass 7,455 square feet and residential space will measure 5,224 square feet. That means units will average a rental-sized 653 square feet apiece, although the two fourth-floor units may be slightly larger since they feature penthouse space. Mortar ARCH + DEV is the architect of record. Demolition permits were recently filed to remove the existing three-story, three-unit townhouse.