Back in October, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal that would remake a good chunk of West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It would include restoring two landmarks and construction of a 64-story mixed-use tower. The hearing in October was paused because of the late hour and lack of quorum, and when it resumed on Tuesday, it became clear that one aspect of it was the big stumbling block.
Brooklyn-based Brookland Capital, headed by Boaz Gilad, has filed applications to expand the three-story parking garage at 524-540 Halsey Street, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, into a five-story, 36-unit residential building. According to DNAinfo, the developer acquired the property for $8.2 million in December. The 31,434 square-foot property will be expanded into 38,879 square feet of residential space, which means units will average a relatively spacious 1,080 square feet apiece. Per the Schedule A, there will be seven townhouse-style triplex apartments within the first three floors. Upper West Side-based Feingold & Gregory Architects is the architect of record. The project is located within the Bedford Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve it.
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.