It was back in December of 2014 that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved (on its second attempt) the residential conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Company Building, later a city office building, at 346 Broadway, in TriBeCa. However, in just the past two weeks, two rulings have come down that will impact the plan from developers Peebles Corporation and Elad Group, being marketed using the alternate address 108 Leonard Street.
Yet another home in one of New York City’s suburb-like neighborhoods is getting an expansion. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes to the home at 240-02 42nd Avenue. That’s in the Douglaston Hill Historic District in Queens.
In October of 2015, YIMBY brought you renderings of the 10-story, 21-unit residential building under development at 325 West Broadway, in SoHo. Now, new photos from our friend Tectonic show that construction on the property is done. Dubbed XOCO 325, the 55,962-square-foot structure’s condominium units range from 1,055-square-foot one-bedrooms to 2,658-square-foot four-bedrooms. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a fitness center, private residential storage, bicycle storage, and a rooftop terrace. DDG is both the developer and design architect, although Thomas O’Hara’s HTO Architect is the architect of record. Occupancy has already begun. The property is located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District.
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.
A nonprofit that operates supportive housing wants to expand its facilities in Crown Heights, but it will have to do more work on the plan. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission did not approve plans for the Institute for Community Living’s campus at 839 St. Marks Avenue, on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue in the Crown Heights North Historic District.