Staten Island-based Mzx Group Inc. has filed applications for a seven-story, 13,182 square-foot ambulatory, diagnostic and healthcare treatment facility at 867 53rd Street, in eastern Sunset Park, located nine blocks north of the N train’s stop at 8th Avenue. The project appears to have taken advantage of bonus FAR available because it is a community facility. Hui Zeng’s Queens-based ABC Engineering is the applicant of record, and permits were filed in October to demolish an existing two-story, two-unit brick apartment.
Board members have approved and revealed renderings for the 218,000 square-foot expansion and overhaul of the American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side between West 77th and 81st Streets, the New York Times reports. The expansion includes the planned six-story-tall Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, which will be designed by Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects. The overhaul includes significant reconfigurations of 10 existing buildings and upgrades to the park surrounding the museum. The plan, which must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is expected to take roughly 18 months, with opening planned by early 2020.
Lazar Feygin, operating as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 9,760 square-foot community facility building at 410 Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville, six blocks from the L train’s stop at Sutter Avenue. The building will have office space on all floors, although it’s not known who the tenant(s) will be. Nicholas Scire-Chianetta’s Gravesend-based NSC Architecture is the architect of record, and the site’s two-story commercial predecessor was demolished this past summer.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will present their latest plans for the World Trade Center’s performing-arts center later this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The board previously abandoned Frank Gehry’s design and decided to limit the project’s above-grade construction costs to no more than $200 million. The latest plans now call for a three- to four-story building measuring roughly 80,000 square feet. The building would also include a 600- to 700-seat auditorium, a 200-seat theater, and a restaurant on the ground floor. The architect has not yet been named.
Locals are rallying for the Department of Education to consider building a new middle school at the vacant city lot at 47-99 37th Avenue, in Sunnyside, adjacent to the LIRR tracks. The lot measures 125,000 square feet and is currently being used to store equipment and street parts, per the Sunnyside Post. The area has one middle school, which is currently being expanded by 600 seats, although future accommodation of students will be needed if Long Island City’s rapid development spreads any further east.