In January, developer Yosef Streicher disclosed preliminary plans to redevelop the long-vacant, three-story 68th Police Precinct Station House and Stable, an individual landmark at 4302 Fourth Avenue, located on the corner of 43rd Street in Sunset Park. The plan was for some sort of community facility, a café, and roughly 10 residential units. The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has since struck a deal with the developer to transform the property into an over 300-student public school, the Brooklyn Paper reported, which means the original plans are out the window. The SCA also disclosed the possibility and likelihood that the buildings could be demolished. Since the structures are an individual landmarks, that means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve its demolition (a highly unlikely event). The city could automatically demolish the landmark if the structures are deemed hazardous.
Back in March, a rendering was revealed of Columbia University’s three-story, 55,980-square-foot University Forum and Academic Conference Center at 3205 Broadway, located on a triangular block bound by West 125th and 129th streets and Broadway, in the Manhattanville section of Harlem. At the time, excavation work was underway at the site, but now foundation work has commenced, Harlem+Bespoke reports. The structure will feature a café, an information center, offices and meeting rooms, and two auditoriums. The building is the part of the Columbia’s greater Manhattanville campus, which, when fully built out, will span 17 acres and roughly a dozen buildings. Renzo Piano Building Workshop is the design architect and Dattner Architects is the architect of record. Completion is expected in 2018.
Back in July of 2015, the Brearley School – a 700-student, all-girls prep school – announced plans for an eight- to 10-story academic building at 70-74 East End Avenue, located on the corner of East 83rd Street in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. New details have been revealed in a DNAinfo report. The latest plans, which have not yet been filed with the Buildings Department, call for a 12-story building with classrooms and labs, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a library, a lounge, and a playground for younger students. The site can accommodate a new building of up to 75,780 square feet. KPMB Architects will be responsible for the design. The three five-story tenement buildings, previously occupied by 15 rent-stabilized tenants, have been vacated and demolition permits were filed in April. Completion is expected before September of 2019. Brearley’s current 12-story building at 610 East 83rd Street would then receive extensive renovations.
Earlier this week, YIMBY brought you news of the five-story, 65,585-square-foot public school – P.S. 398-Q – planned at 69-01 34th Avenue, in western Jackson Heights. Now, new details and renderings have been revealed by DNAinf0. P.S. 398-Q will be an elementary school for 476 students in the pre-K through fifth grade range. In addition to classrooms, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, administrative offices, and a library, the building will include an enclosed 4,000-square-foot rooftop playground, a music room, art rooms, and a guidance office. The school is expected to open in September of 2019. Purcell Architects is behind the design. The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) acquired the property for $6.3 million last year.
Back in late 2014, Woodside-based developer Nakorn Realty acquired, for roughly $5 million, the single-story office property at 69-01 34th Avenue, in western Jackson Heights, located four blocks from the 65th Street stop on the M/R trains. The developer planned to build a residential building with ground-floor commercial space, but now the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has filed for a five-story, 65,585-square-foot public school at the site. The school, which will be called P.S. 398-Q, will have a cafeteria on the ground floor, a gymnasium on the fourth floor, and a rooftop playground on the fifth floor. Classrooms and administrative offices will fill the remainder of the building. Robert Purcell’s Midtown South-based Purcell Architects is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in January to raze the site’s old office building, which most recently served as a regional office for White Castle.