In general, new construction reflects local real estate demand and community needs. But given New York’s position as a global economic hub, it is not surprising that one of the city’s largest engineering efforts is a direct response to a megaproject 2,200 miles away. The suspended roadbed of the 84-year-old Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull strait between Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J., is too low for passage of the latest, giant container ships built to traverse the expanded Panama Canal locks. If the Port of New York and New Jersey fails to accommodate such vessels, the nation’s largest metro area would suffer considerable economic damage. To keep up with the canal’s expansion, slated to open later this year, the Port Authority is raising the bridge roadbed from 151 to 215 feet above the mean water level. The Navigational Clearance Project is expected to cost $1.3 billion.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s backlog, which had been reduced from 95 items to 30 items in February, has taken another big step towards being cleared. On Tuesday, the LPC designated eight new city individual landmarks, and they span all five boroughs.
Staten Island-based M&B Construction has filed applications for a four-story, 13-unit residential building at 77 Thompson Street, in Stapleton, located three blocks from the neighborhood’s Staten Island Railway station. The structure will encompass 10,920 square feet and its residential units should average 646 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Each floor will host between two and four apartments, and there will be a four-car garage located in the building’s cellar. Anthony Scaglione’s Staten Island-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 42-foot-wide, 4,220-square-foot lot is currently vacant.
Staten Island-based Pete Rock Inc. has filed applications for three three-story, two-family houses at 114 Sinclair Avenue and 193-197 Sheldon Avenue, in Woodrow, located on the southern end of Staten Island. Each will measure 3,629 square feet, and will be occupied by a single unit on the ground floor and a second unit on the second and third levels. The units will spacious in size and should feature multiple bedrooms. All of the houses will also come with a garage big enough for a single vehicle. Staten Island-based Joseph M. Morace is the architect of record. The block-thru plot of land was subdivided into three separate tax lots in March, although a small house still must be demolished on the Sheldon Avenue side.
After a decade of delays, Triangle Equities finally landed financing and broke ground last month on Lighthouse Point, a sprawling mixed-use project next to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. Now, YIMBY has new images of the residential, retail, and office complex under construction on the North Shore.