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841A Morris Park Avenue

Three-Story, Eight-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 841A Morris Park Avenue, Van Nest

Bronx-based property owner Nissan Cohen has filed applications for a three-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 841A Morris Park Avenue, in Van Nest, located eight blocks from the Bronx Park East stop on the 2/5 trains. The structure will encompass 10,130 square feet and will feature 1,336 square feet of ground-floor retail space, in addition to a 389 square-foot doctors office, also located on the ground floor. The residential units will be located on the second and third floors and will average a rental-sized 714 square feet apiece. Jamaica-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. The 51-foot-wide, 4,914-square-foot lot is currently vacant.


133-20 41st Avenue

Faith Bible Church Plans Seven-Story Replacement at 133-20 41st Avenue, Flushing

Pastor John Hao’s Faith Bible Church & Seminary has been filing applications since 2013 to build a seven-story, 28,064-square-foot church at the site of their current house of worship, located at 133-20 41st Avenue. That’s in downtown Flushing, three blocks from the Main Street Station on the 7 train. The latest filing indicates the new building would have the main sanctuary on the ground and second floors, followed by a library, multi-purpose rooms, office and conference rooms, and storage space on the third and fourth floors. The fifth through seventh floors would contain classrooms. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. According to the demolition permit, work began last September to raze the church’s existing two-story building.


86-07 Broadway

Construction Wrapping on Three-Story, Elmhurst Public Library at 86-07 Broadway

Construction is finally wrapping up on the Queens Library’s reconstructed three-story, 30,515-square-foot Elmhurst branch at 86-07 Broadway (a.k.a. 86-01 51st Avenue), located two blocks north of the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The building will open in the fall, once the interiors get completed and furnished, DNAinfo reported. The library will host study areas, classrooms, an assembly hall, and storage rooms. Construction began on the library back in 2012 and was initially expected to open a year later. Sandro Marpillero’s TriBeCa-based Marpillero Pollak Architects is behind the design. The city’s Department of Design and Construction is leading the project.


275 West 140th Street

Eight-Story, 54-Unit Mixed-Use Building Tops Out At 264 West 140th Street, Harlem

Back in October of 2015, construction was underway on the ground floor of the eight-story, 54-unit mixed-use building being developed at 275 West 140th Street, in northern Harlem. Now, Harlem+Bespoke reports the structure has topped out, and it appears façade installation is imminent. Dubbed Strivers Plaza, the 64,948-square-foot project will eventually host studio, one-, and two-bedroom rental apartments. Individual units should average 876 square feet apiece, and amenities listed in the Schedule A include recreational rooms, storage for 28 bikes, an outdoor recreational area on the second floor, refuse rooms on each floor, and a rooftop terrace on the seventh floor. An 8,024-square-foot supermarket will occupy most of the ground floor, along with a 498-square-foot community facility. Radson Development is developing and Aufgang Architects is behind the design.


Kingsbridge Armory

Delay In State Financing Holds Up Kingsbridge Armory’s Conversion Into Sports Complex, Kingsbridge Heights

Back in October of 2014, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, led by Kevin Parker and Mark Messier, signed a 99-year lease with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to convert the vacant Kingsbridge Armory, at 29 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, into an ice sports facility. As planned, the 750,000-square-foot building, an individual landmark, will be converted to accommodate nine ice rinks, one of which will be a 5,000-seat arena, and 50,000 square feet of community facility space. Politico New York now reports the NYCEDC has extended the deadline by a month for the developer to obtain $158 million in construction financing, at which point it would turn over the lease to the developer to begin construction.


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