It was in September of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you news of the 32-story, 48-unit mixed-use tower under development at 180 East 88th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, we showed you what the view would be like from one of the upper-floor residential units. Since March, foundation work has been underway at the site, but the New York City Buildings Department recently issued a stop-work-order for the project due to a zoning controversy that allegedly allowed the developers to build a taller tower than normal, the New York Times reported. The Buildings Department says a four-foot-wide lot was created on East 88th Street to avoid streetwall and setback requirements, which allowed for the creation of a taller building. As a result, the department revoked the previously approved building permits and is requiring that DDG Partners submit new plans. The condominium tower was expected to be the tallest building above 72nd Street, at 521 feet in height. HTO Architect was the architect of record, although DDG designs their projects in-house.
Over the past few years, new building applications have been filed and construction even started on a residential portion of the five-tower, 3.3-million-square-foot mixed-use Domino Sugar Refinery mega-development in Williamsburg, located immediately north of the Williamsburg Bridge. Now, new details and renderings have been revealed of the lesser-known office component of the project, the New York Post reported. The office portion will be anchored in the existing 11-story Havemeyers & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House, also known as the Domino Sugar Refinery, at 292-314 Kent Avenue, which is an individual landmark.
In July of 2015, YIMBY revealed renderings of the seven-story, 12-unit mixed-use building under development at 411 Ninth Avenue, located on the corner of West 33rd Street in Midtown West. Now, the project is under construction and currently four stories above street level, as seen in photos by our friend Tectonic. Dubbed Skylight House, the structure will encompass 21,246 square feet. It will feature 1,395 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by two residential units per floor beginning on the second. The units will be rental apartments and should average 920 square feet apiece. Amenities include storage space for 11 bikes and an outdoor terrace on the roof. Property owner James Papaionnou is the developer, while H. Thomas O’Hara’s Midtown-based HTO Architect is behind the design. Completion can probably be expected later this year or in early 2017.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) have launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 400-unit-plus, mixed-use development on the block bound by Park and Madison avenues and East 111th and 112th streets, in East Harlem. The request mandates the development to be entirely below market-rate and to have at least 400 rental apartments. In addition, all proposals must be of Passive House standards, according to Politico New York. The project will also include commercial and community facility components, and likely a public park space. The 76,500-square-foot development site currently consists of East Harlem Little League’s baseball field and four community gardens. It takes up the entire block, with the exception of the vacant lot at 91 East 111th Street and the four-story building at 1679 Madison Avenue. The baseball field and two of the community gardens will be relocated within the neighborhood. Since the project will be built on city-owned land, the selected proposal would have to be approved through the city’s ULURP process.
Earlier this year, the 11-story, 44-unit mixed-use building under development at 251 1st Street (a.k.a. 275 Fourth Avenue), in Park Slope, was several floors above street level. Now, the project has topped out and is receiving its façade elements, as seen in photos by our friend Tectonic. The development, which goes by 251 First, encompasses 82,045 square feet. The latest filings indicate it will feature 4,273 square feet of ground-floor retail space in addition to a 335-square-foot medical office. The residential units will be condominiums and should average 1,368 square feet apiece. Amenities include a stroller valet and storage room, a lounge, a library, fitness and yoga room, a children’s playroom, storage for 22 bikes, a pet washing and grooming station, laundry facilities, a landscaped courtyard, and a rooftop recreational area. The U.S. arm of Shenzhen-based developer Vanke Group is behind the project, while ODA New York is the design architect. Issac & Stern Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected later this year.