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.
After billionaire Jon Stryker, of Stryker Corporation, purchased the two former industrial properties at 85-89 Jane Street, in the West Village, for $32 million in 2012, he is now moving forward with plans to redevelop the two- and one-story buildings into a 12,000-square-foot, single-family mansion. As currently proposed, the project would consist of a three-story base topped by a skinnier, two-story glass enclosure that would rise 90 feet in height. Much of the third level would feature an outdoor garden. As the site is located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) would have to approve of the design. Before the project goes before the LPC, it will be presented before Community Board 2, Curbed NY reports. TriBeCa-based Steven Harris Architects is behind the design.
Moshe Granit, doing business as an anonymous Midtown-based LLC, is wrapping up construction of a five-story, five-unit residential conversion project at 120 West 118th Street, in Harlem. The apartment building was formerly a 12-unit SRO (single-room occupancy), but now is being returned to legal status as a five-family property, Harlem+Bespoke reports. In the process, the structure received a single-story addition, increasing the building’s square-footage to 9,300 square feet. With 6,360 square feet in residential space, the units should average a spacious 1,272 square feet, indicative of condominiums. Mati Yaacobi’s NoMad-based MYLM Architects is the architect of record. The building sits within the Mount Morris Park Historic District Extension, which was designated in 2015.
In January, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans for a new apartment building at 906 Prospect Place, between New York Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights North Historic District II. That plan is going forward, but with a new developer.
Late last year, news broke that E&M Associates and Eiran Gazit were planning to build a 49,000-square-foot Times Square tourist attraction in part of the 12-story former New York Times Building, an individual landmark at 229 West 43rd Street and 216 West 44th Street (the north building is not landmarked), in Midtown. Now, the team has filed plans with the Department of Buildings for the project, dubbed Gulliver’s Gate, The Real Deal reports. The ground floor portion will include the reception and ticketing areas, as well as a gift shop, while the second will host the main exhibit. The project is expected to begin the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) shortly. It also requites exterior alterations to the 43rd Street side, which will need to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Last November, the team signed a 15-year lease for part of the ground floor and the entire second floor of the building. Kushner Companies acquired the retail portion of the property, which also contains office space, in early 2015 for $296 million. If all goes as planned, completion can be expected in 2017. Stanley Wong’s SP WONG Architect is the architect of record.