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.
Greenwich, Conn.-based Starwood Capital Group’s mixed-use mega-development planned at the former 15-acre United Hospital campus, at 406 Boston Post Road in Port Chester, N.Y., is moving into the approval process, according to Westfair. The project would include the demolition of the existing medical complex, which would be replaced by 730 mixed-income residential units, a 135-key hotel, 217,000 square feet of medical office space, and 90,000 square feet of commercial-retail. It’s expected to complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process, by acquiring a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and receive zoning approval sometime later this year. Local community coalition Sustainable Port Chester Alliance has also recently proposed an agreement that would include preserving the 13-story, 134-unit rental building at 999 High Street, which is unfortunately expected to be demolished in the process. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 following the necessary approvals.
Ofer Prager, doing business as a Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 13-unit mixed-use building at 645 Fifth Avenue, in South Slope, located four blocks from the Prospect Avenue stop on the R train. The structure will measure 15,005 square feet in total and will include 1,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Residential units would begin on the second floor and average 1,070 square feet apiece, which means condominiums may be in the works. The seventh floor will also feature a common rooftop recreation space. Forest Hills-based ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record. The two existing mixed-use buildings at 643-645 Fifth Avenue were filed for demolition in November.
The glassy towers of North Williamsburg are slowly giving way to a more interesting wave of development on the south side of the neighborhood. Today, YIMBY has a look at a pair of connected mixed-use buildings at 69 Hope Street and 22-26 Marcy Avenue, right next to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Last December, Cogswell Realty filed exploratory plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Streit’s Matzo Factory, spanning 148-154 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The brick buildings will be partially demolished down to the first floor, according to permits with the Department of Buildings. Bowery Boogie spotted additional filings that call for six floors to be built atop the single-story structure that would be left behind after demolition. There will be 45 residential units in total and retail space is expected to measure 10,219 square feet on the ground and cellar floors. The structure would be topped by a open roof terrace. GLUCK+ is the architect of record and likely designing the redevelopment.