As rents rise and the pressure builds, East Harlem is seeing more market-rate residential activity. The latest sign of life for what was once one of New York City’s most destitute areas comes in the form of a permit filing for a small eight-story infill project on a 35-foot lot, on East 132st Street, between Fifth and Madison.
There, at 8 East 132nd Street, an architect has filed plans to construct an eight-story and 13-unit building, with a 3,500-square foot community facility on the first two floors. The project will contain more than 13,200 square feet of residential space, yielding fairly spacious apartments of, on average, 1,000 square feet each. (The third and fourth floors will have three apartments each, with two-unit floors above that, topped by a full floor penthouse.) Because the building is fairly small, no parking is required.
The site sits just south of the Lincoln Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex that stretches from Fifth Avenue to the Harlem River Drive. It was purchased last year for a bit over $1.3 million, and is just one of a few development sites on the block, most of which were likely created when buildings burned or were torn down during the postwar years of urban decline.
The architect is Manish Savani, based on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The developer is Streenivasa Gade, operating under the name Riverton Realty, with the business address listed as 51 East 128th Street, home to the Metropolis condo building.
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