Fifteen years ago, complaints began rolling into the city Department of Buildings about the abandoned, double-wide brownstone at 52 East 126th Street in East Harlem. The building was vacant and in danger of collapsing, callers said. Squatters had taken up residence, and neighbors saw addicts and prostitutes coming and going. The block even banded together to seal the building. But it looks like the collapsing brownstone won’t be around much longer. Nonprofit social services agency Odyssey House has filed plans to develop five stories of supportive housing on the lot between Madison and Park Avenues.
In early 2014, applications were filed to expand (from the foundation of) the existing four-story tenement buildings at 1987-1991 Third Avenue, located on the corner of East 109th Street in East Harlem, into a nine-story, 59-unit mixed-use building. Harlem+Bespoke now has schematic drawings of the project, which also reveals its scheduled completion date – December of 2017. The expanded structure will measure 58,728 square feet and will feature 5,871 of ground-floor retail space. The residential units above should average 865 square feet apiece, which means rental apartments are likely in the works. Amenities listed in the Schedule A include bike storage, a laundry, and recreational space, all located in the cellar. Queens-based EM Architectural Design is the architect of record, and Yin Han, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is the developer. The existing structures are currently being reduced to their foundation.
One of the few remaining vacant lots in East Harlem is about to become an apartment building. New building applications were filed yesterday to erect a seven-story residential project at 221 East 105th Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
This past December, the city launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the commercial development site at 2325 Third Avenue, in East Harlem. The plot is part of the mixed-use mega-development E125 that will turn two blocks, the ones bound by East 125th and 127th streets and Second and Third avenues, into roughly 1,000 residential units, up to 700,000 square feet of commercial space, and at least 30,000 square feet of community facilities. The Real Deal reports property owner Park-It Management is filings applications to move forward with another piece of the project at 213 East 125th Street. The existing two-story, nearly 20,000-square-foot commercial property will be expanded into a 14-story, 80-unit mixed-use building. The 96,539-square-foot structure will include 19,211 square feet of commercial-retail on the ground and second floors, and 6,212 square feet of community space on third floor. The apartment units should average 889 square feet apiece. SRA Architecture + Engineering will be designing.
New York City is a land of skyscrapers, but we don’t often find ourselves looking up. But there is something neat to check out if you find yourself up in East Harlem.