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841A Morris Park Avenue

Three-Story, Eight-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 841A Morris Park Avenue, Van Nest

Bronx-based property owner Nissan Cohen has filed applications for a three-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 841A Morris Park Avenue, in Van Nest, located eight blocks from the Bronx Park East stop on the 2/5 trains. The structure will encompass 10,130 square feet and will feature 1,336 square feet of ground-floor retail space, in addition to a 389 square-foot doctors office, also located on the ground floor. The residential units will be located on the second and third floors and will average a rental-sized 714 square feet apiece. Jamaica-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. The 51-foot-wide, 4,914-square-foot lot is currently vacant.


133-20 41st Avenue

Faith Bible Church Plans Seven-Story Replacement at 133-20 41st Avenue, Flushing

Pastor John Hao’s Faith Bible Church & Seminary has been filing applications since 2013 to build a seven-story, 28,064-square-foot church at the site of their current house of worship, located at 133-20 41st Avenue. That’s in downtown Flushing, three blocks from the Main Street Station on the 7 train. The latest filing indicates the new building would have the main sanctuary on the ground and second floors, followed by a library, multi-purpose rooms, office and conference rooms, and storage space on the third and fourth floors. The fifth through seventh floors would contain classrooms. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. According to the demolition permit, work began last September to raze the church’s existing two-story building.


86-07 Broadway

Construction Wrapping on Three-Story, Elmhurst Public Library at 86-07 Broadway

Construction is finally wrapping up on the Queens Library’s reconstructed three-story, 30,515-square-foot Elmhurst branch at 86-07 Broadway (a.k.a. 86-01 51st Avenue), located two blocks north of the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The building will open in the fall, once the interiors get completed and furnished, DNAinfo reported. The library will host study areas, classrooms, an assembly hall, and storage rooms. Construction began on the library back in 2012 and was initially expected to open a year later. Sandro Marpillero’s TriBeCa-based Marpillero Pollak Architects is behind the design. The city’s Department of Design and Construction is leading the project.



346 Broadway: rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle, photograph by the author

Mixed Rulings for Conversion of 346 Broadway, TriBeCa

It was back in December of 2014 that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved (on its second attempt) the residential conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Company Building, later a city office building, at 346 Broadway, in TriBeCa. However, in just the past two weeks, two rulings have come down that will impact the plan from developers Peebles Corporation and Elad Group, being marketed using the alternate address 108 Leonard Street.

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