The proposal to renovate a commercial building in the NoHo Historic District didn’t fly with the members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. The LPC rejected the proposal presented for 348 Lafayette Street, located on the southwest corner of Lafayette and Bond streets.
Chicago-based L3 Capital has acquired the four-story, 20,600-square-foot mixed-use property at 61-63 Crosby Street, in SoHo, for $42 million. The new owner plans to convert the building into office space, although the ground-floor will remain as retail space. The co-op building has seven apartments, which will all be vacated before the sale closes, according to The Real Deal. The property comes with 3,300 square feet of air rights, which could be used in an expansion. Any alterations to the buildings will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because they sit within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Extension.
The newly redesigned and constructed 215th Street staircase in Inwood – which connects pedestrians at Park Terrace East to Broadway and West 215th Street, sitting 50 feet below – is expected to open today after two years of construction. According to Curbed NY, WXY Studios designed the staircase, which is essentially being treated like public park space. The passageway features new vegetation, cobblestone paths, new stairs, and a bike channel. Two lampposts from the original staircase, built in 1911, were incorporated into the renovations since they’re designated city landmarks. The city’s Department of Design and Construction was behind the project.
A charming little townhouse amongst much larger neighbors on one of Manhattan’s great boulevards will stay just that, for the time being. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided not to approve proposed additions to 890 Park Avenue, located on the west side of the street between East 78th Street and East 79th Street, in the Upper East Side Historic District.
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.