When a New York City church can’t afford to repair its own building, it’s only a matter of time until it ends up in the hands of real estate developers. Such was the case with the Harlem Baptist Temple Church at 20 West 116th Street, which was partially demolished by the city in 2009. The house of worship spent nearly two years without a roof, but the church eventually pulled together the money to replace the roof and part of its facade, albeit with less historic pieces. Now, plans have been filed to develop an 11-story apartment building on the church’s property between Malcolm X Boulevard and Fifth Avenue.
Downtown Jamaica’s big, mixed-use developments are slowly inching towards reality, but further east along Hillside Avenue, small developments are growing, too. On Friday, plans were filed to expand a two-story office building at 168-30 89th Avenue into four stories of apartments.
Another day, another new project in Flatbush. YIMBY recently stumbled across a rendering for a six-story apartment building coming to 45 Lenox Road, between Flatbush and Bedford avenues.
A building most people think is part of Rockefeller Center will not be growing in the middle just yet. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission did not approve an application to expand two floors of individual landmark 75 Rockefeller Plaza.
When we think about development in eastern Queens, the bustling, industrial corridor along Atlantic Avenue is not the first place we’d expect to find new residential construction. But yesterday, one developer took the plunge and filed permits for a five-story apartment building with commercial space at 113-02 Atlantic Avenue, in the heart of Richmond Hill.