Last month, BRP Companies closed on the purchase of the 7,063-square-foot vacant lot at 841-847 St. Nicholas Avenue – located on the corner of West 152nd Street, in Hamilton Heights – for $3.1 million. In November, after the developer entered into contract for the site, the previous property owners, Dance Theater of Harlem, payed $875,000 to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to lift an existing deed restriction. The restriction only allowed nonprofit cultural organizations to use the property, according to the New York Times. The city has reportedly been in talks to develop roughly 24 affordable housing units on the site, but new buildings applications have not been filed. The property could accommodate 21,189 square feet of residential space as-of-right. The site is located within the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Northwest Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve the design of a new project.
Back in late 2014, renderings and details surfaced of the 78-unit residential conversion of the five-story former Public School 186 at 525 West 145th Street, in Hamilton Heights. Harlem+Bespoke now reports the façade of the once dilapidated structure has been largely restored. Eight of the residential units will rent at market-rate prices, although the rest will rent at below market-rates spanning a wide range of income brackets. Apartments at the Residences at PS186 will come in studio-, one-, and two-bedroom configurations and will spread across 100,533 square feet of residential space, which means units should average a spacious 1,289 square feet apiece. The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem will operate 11,302 square feet of the building. Dattner Architects is behind the design, and Monadnock Development, Alembic Community Development, and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development are the developers. Completion is expected this summer.
In 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission twice rejected redevelopment plans for the long-vacant five-story residential building at 721 St. Nicholas Avenue, located on the corner of West 146th Street in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The property sits within the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District, which means building alterations require LPC approval. Harlem+Bespoke now reports a gut-renovation, without the expansion, is underway to transform the building into retail space and four residential units. Retail will measure 2,048 square feet on the ground floor, and full-floor units will average 1,278 square feet apiece. There will also be recreational space on the rooftop. Alexander Perros, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is developing, and MK Architecture is the architect of record. Completion is anticipated for this summer.
Passive house construction is expensive, but condos built according to the energy-saving standard are becoming more common throughout New York City. Rentals, however, are still few and far between. Up in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, Synapse Development is working on the city’s first market-rate rental building designed to meet passive house requirements.
Horizon Construction Inc. has filed applications for a six-story, six-unit residential building at 449 Convent Avenue, in Hamilton Heights, five blocks north of the 145th Street stop on the A and C trains. The project will eventually rise on a vacant 18-foot-wide lot and will measure 5,874 square feet in total, boasting units averaging 979 square feet apiece. Parag Mehta’s Midtown South-based PM Architecture is the applicant of record. Back in 2011, the HPD ordered an emergency demolition of the site’s former four-story, 16-unit building.