The five-story mixed-use building at 25 Mercer Street and the three-story property at 27 Mercer Street, located in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, are expected to be converted into a single five-unit condominium building, according to Curbed NY. There will be four full-floor units and a duplex penthouse, and the residences are expected to hit the market this spring. GDS Development is developing and Fogarty Finger is designing the project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Alterations that would go into the conversion would have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since the property is located within a historic district.
A new residential building is probably coming to a vacant lot on Clermont Avenue, between Lafayette and Green avenues, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Historic District. It just won’t be quite what was proposed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on last Tuesday. The commission did not approve the plan for a three-family, four-story structure at its public hearing.
In late 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the 45-acre residential redevelopment of the dilapidated 96-acre New York City Farm Colony campus, located centrally on Staten Island. Last week, the City Council approved plans to sell 45 acres of the property to NFC Associates, the New York Times reports. The Staten Island-based developer will rehabilitate five existing buildings, demolish five others, build 14 multi-unit townhouses, and also build three six-story residential buildings. Dubbed Landmark Colony, there will be a total of 344 condominiums, 34 of which will be sold at below-market rates, but all of which will be home to people 55 and older. Of the 45 redeveloped acres, 17 acres will be landscaped public space, and 17,000 square feet of commercial space is planned. Vengoechea & Boyland Architecture is designing, and units will begin to come online next year.
The landmarked St. James Episcopal Church hopes to build 12 stories of affordable housing on part of their property at 2500 Jerome Avenue, in the University Heights section of the Bronx.
Most of the decisions the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has to make involve structures in somewhat to very densely populated areas. However, the city, with its five boroughs, is quite large and diverse. Sometimes, the commission has to make decisions about more suburban areas. Such was the case last Tuesday when, for the second time in two weeks, the commission has approved the expansion of a single-family home in the Douglaston Historic District in Queens.