9 9th Avenue9 9th Avenue, image by BKSK via the Architect's Newspaper

9 9th Avenue [The A/N Blog]: The Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to approve the vertical expansion of a two-story low-rise spanning 9-19 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. The BKSK-designed addition will be modern, and “the metal frame has taken a more central role as an element of the façade.” The new design also features less glass, as the “panels are clipped between the [metal] frames as a secondary element.”

235 Cherry Street [The Lo-Down]: Roy Schoenberg of Cherry Street LLC — partnered with Two Bridges — will be developing a residential building neighboring Extell’s permitted 68-story tower at 227 Cherry Street in the Lower East Side. Located at 235-237 Cherry, the existing one-story building sits on an 11,800 square-foot lot, and Two Bridges and Settlement Housing Fund have already drafted an initiative that creates “at least 70 units of affordable housing.” The companies also own 239-247 Cherry Street.

220 St. Nicholas Avenue [Commercial Observer]: Developer Gorjian Real Estate Group has recently completed and fully leased a 10-story residential building at 220 St. Nicholas Avenue. The developer acquired the stalled project for a bargain, and the finished product is a welcomed addition to Harlem. The building was such a success that Customers Bank is now willing to fund other projects that “appear to be decidedly ambitious.”

816 Amsterdam Avenue [New York Times]: Two developers, Getz Obstfeld and Chester Development, are battling out in court with an adjacent church on whether 14 floors of residential development can be constructed at 816 Amsterdam Avenue — between 99th and 100th Streets, on the Upper West Side. Back in 2008, the church had signed an agreement with the developers to construct a 69-unit building on the vacant lot, but the church no longer wants the plan to proceed.

199 Mott Street [NY Daily News]: Alfa Development is constructing an eight-story and 11-unit low-rise at 199 Mott Street in Nolita, which is expected to be completed this fall. Expansive windows offer views of the street scape, and leasing of the Kutnicki Bernstein-designed building has begun.

224 Mulberry Street [NY Daily News]: Flank is developing and designing the eight-story, seven-unit building at 224 Mulberry Street in Nolita, and the units will be unsurprisingly luxurious. Some residences will enjoy 25-foot ceilings, which help to push the building’s height above what is normally allowed in Nolita — a cautious 75 feet — to 110 feet at the roof. The building will also feature a terraced set back.

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