As May came to an end, the New York City Fire Department was investigating the fire that gutted the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, an individual landmark at 15 West 25th Street in the Flatiron District. Authorities and engineers were studying the structural integrity of the remains, and have now declared the church “too unstable to be left standing,” the New York Post reported. That means the main house of worship will be demolished. The rectory portion of the cathedral, which was unscathed during the fire, currently also has Landmarks protection, which should mean it won’t be demolished with the main structure. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has the option to de-designate the property, too, but we think, at the very least, the LPC will want to keep the rectory a landmark. The Executive Board of St. Sava will now decide if they will rebuild on the property or relocate. The site has 244,450 square feet of mixed-use development rights, minus the usable square-footage of the rectory.
John Stringile, doing business as an anonymous Staten Island-based LLC, has filed applications for three three-story, two-unit mixed-use buildings at 19-23 Foster Road, in Prince’s Bay, located on Staten Island’s South Shore. Each will measure between 2,874 square feet and 2,950 square feet. Two of them will contain 639- to 649-square-foot ground-floor commercial components, while the third will feature a 619-square-foot educational facility. Two apartments will fill the two upper floors in each building. Across the entire project, the apartments should average 1,046 square feet apiece. There will also be an 18-car parking lot, hopefully behind the buildings. Staten Island-based Stanley M. Krebushevski is the architect of record. The 10,476-square-foot plot, on the corner of Wheeling Avenue, is vacant. The neighborhood’s Staten Island Railway station is located three blocks to the south.
Back in August of 2015, Quality Capital and Caerus Group acquired, for $60 million, the two four-story, mixed-use buildings at 827-831 Broadway, located between East 12th and 13th streets in Greenwich Village. Now, the developers have filed applications for a 14-story, 84,108-square-foot multi-use commercial building at the site. The building will stand 289 feet above street level. It will feature retail space across parts of the cellar through third floors, 6,394 square feet of medical office space on parts of the second and third floor, and office space on the fourth through 14th floors. Amenities will include storage space on the cellar, a terrace on the fourth floor, and a rooftop terrace. The existing buildings, which together measure 36,500 square feet, include retail on the bottom two floors and apartments on the upper two floors. Chelsea-based CD3 Architecture is the architect of record. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
A new free-standing, 20,000-square-foot museum is being developed at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The museum would replace the one currently located at the base of the statue, according to the Wall Street Journal. It would be able to accommodate 1,000 to 1,200 visitors per hour, and will include a gallery area, a theater, a bookstore, and administrative offices. FXFOWLE Architects has already been tasked to design the the museum, while ESI Design will be responsible for the interiors and exhibition space. The new building first has to be approved, and construction is estimated to take roughly two years. It would be built to the northwest of Flagpole Plaza on a vacant swath of land. Financing is being raised through the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. The National Park Service (NPS) maintains the property.
Back in December of 2015, foundation work was reportedly underway for the eight-story, 134-unit mixed-use building at 2351 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, located between West 137th and 138th streets in northern Harlem. Now, construction on the structure is is three stories above street level, Harlem+Bespoke reported. The project, dubbed The Renny, will encompass 198,497 square feet. It will include 17,879 square feet of ground-floor retail space, in addition to 22,327 square feet of space for a religious facility across portions of the cellar through fifth floors. The residential units, located on the third through eighth floors, should average 860 square feet apiece. They will be rentals, and 27 will rent at below-market rates. Amenities include private residential storage, an 67-car underground garage, space for 70 bikes, private residential storage, laundry facilities, a fitness center, an outdoor terrace on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. BRP Companies is the developer, while GF55 Partners is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.