Residential

Some of biggest current adaptive reuse projects: St. Ann's Warehouse (via Curbed NY), 111 West 57th Street, Tammany Hall, 10 Jay Street, and 28 Liberty Street

LPC Chair, Top Architects Review NYC’s Adaptive Reuse Projects

The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.

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32-06 Astoria Boulevard

Six-Story, 27-Unit Mixed-Use Building Now Planned At 32-06 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria

In mid-2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 13-story, 24-unit mixed-use building at 32-06 Astoria Boulevard, in central Astoria, located a stone’s throw away from the N/Q trains’ stop on the same street. Lambros Houliaras, head of Astoria-based Double T Corp., recently scaled down the project and is now planning a six-story, 27-unit building. The 26,016 square-foot structure would include 4,273 and 743 square feet of retail and medical offices, respectively, on the ground floor. Beginning on the second floor, residential units would average a rental-sized 778 square feet apiece. The building will feature a rooftop terrace, and Long Island-based Constantine Efstathiou is the architect of record.


766 Macon Street

Two Four-Story, Multi-Family Residential Buildings Filed At 766 Macon Street, Ocean Hill

Property owner Thomas Mulzac, doing business as a Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, multi-unit residential buildings at 766-768 Macon Street, in Ocean Hill, located three blocks from the Halsey Street stop on the J train. Each one will measure 4,983 square feet each, although one will contain four units and the other will have five units. Across the entire development, units will average 1,107 square feet apiece, which means both rentals or condos may be in the works. Michael McCaw’s Brooklyn-based McCaw Michael Ivanhoe Architect is the architect of record.


715 Dobbs Ferry Road

Town Board Approves Sale To Build 100-Unit Senior Facility At 715 Dobbs Ferry Road, Greenburgh

The Greenburgh Town Board has approved a deal to sell the former Frank’s Nursery property at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road, in the southern Westchester County town of Greenburgh, to Capital Seniors Housing LLC for $3.5 million. According to Westfair, the developer hopes to build a 90- to 100-unit assisted living facility for seniors on the 6.89-acre site. The town has put forward no more than $2 million to help remediate the property and Capital will have up to two years to receive the proper approvals and permits for construction. The property will not have to be rezoned, something the Board favored when they reviewed plans put forth by other developers. One such proposal called for a 200-unit apartment complex.


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