Last week, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) launched a request for proposals (RFP) for a development team to build a 300-mixed-income-unit, mixed-use tower on the grounds of the Holmes Towers public housing complex, at 1780 First Avenue in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. Holmes Towers – the only public housing on the UES – is the two-building, 25-story complex with 540 rental apartments located on the corner of First Avenue. Requirements for the RFP include incorporating at least 5,000 square feet of space for a community center, replacing the playground that the new tower will be built on (which is located mid-block), and adding trees and landscaping to the property, DNAinfo reported. The new tower will likely designate 50 percent of its apartments as affordable housing, while the rest will rent at market rates. Proposals are due September 30, the same time proposals are due for the 500-mixed-income-unit addition to the Wychoff Gardens housing complex in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
The 16-story, 522-unit mixed-use building under construction at 325 Kent Avenue, a block in from the East River in Williamsburg, is now 11 stories in height. Progress on the building – which was only in the foundation stages earlier this year – can be seen thanks to photos taken by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the structure will eventually encompass 401,246 square feet. It will feature 9,378 square feet of retail space on the ground and second floors, followed by residential units on the second through 15th floors. Twenty percent of the rental apartments, or 105, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a five-level parking garage (two underground and three above-grade), storage space for 266 bikes, and “recreation space” on the fourth and 16th floors. The building represents the first phase of the five-building, mixed-use Domino Sugar Refinery mega-development. Two Trees Management Company is the developer, SHoP Architects is the design architect, and Ismael Leyva Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion of the first building is scheduled for 2017.
The first rendering has been revealed of the seven-story, six-unit mixed-use project planned at 34 East 13th Street, located on the corner of University Place in Greenwich Village. A rendering posted to the construction site was spotted by EV Grieve. The latest building permits indicate the project will encompass 22,995 square feet. It will include 2,135 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by six full-floor residential units on the second through seventh floors. The apartments, which will be condominiums, should average a spacious 2,881 square feet apiece. There will be private residential storage in the cellar, and the top-floor unit will have a private roof terrace. Ranger Properties is the developer, and Morris Adjmi’s Financial District-based Morris Adjmi Architects is designing. YIMBY reported on the project when permits were filed in June of 2015, and since then, the site’s former four-story occupant has been demolished. Completion is expected in 2017.
Bayside-based HDA International Realty has filed applications for a three-story, mixed-use building at 20-16 College Point Boulevard, in College Point. The structure will measure 13,624 square feet. It will feature 3,829 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels, followed by 3,259 square feet of medical offices on the second floor, and two residential units on the third floor. The apartments should average a spacious 1,369 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 4,995-square-foot lot was occupied by a two-story structure until 2014. The property is located three blocks from the commercial center of College Point, and a few minutes from Downtown Flushing via the Q66 bus.
Last week, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development launched a request for proposals (RFP) for two mixed-use buildings to be built on the super-block home to Wyckoff Gardens, DNAinfo reported. Wyckoff Gardens is a 530-rental-unit public housing development consisting of three 21-story towers in Boerum Hill. The city is seeking a development team to build two new buildings at the site’s northern two corners, at 260 and 280 Wyckoff Street, which currently serve as parking lots. Planned are roughly 500 rental apartments (down from an initial 650) and at least 10,000 square feet each of ground-floor commercial-retail and community facility space. Half of the apartments would be affordable while the other half would be market-rate. Improvements to the entire premises are also possible, including the upgrade of outdoor amenities. Proposals are due September 30.