Property owner Shahida Khan has filed applications for a seven-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 65-27 Roosevelt Avenue, in Woodside, a stone’s throw away from the 7 train’s stop at 69th Street. The development will measure a total 10,833 square feet, and will include 1,715 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,512 square feet of community facility on the second floor. Residential units above will average 761 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Flushing-based Ling Li is the architect of record, and a dilapidated two-story building must first be demolished.
Astoria-based landlord John Ciafone is planning to construct a mixed-use development at 42-15 – 42-25 Queens Boulevard, in Sunnyside, according to DNAinfo. The site is located just three blocks from the 7 train’s stop at 40th Street. The project would include commercial and/or community space on the ground floor, and residential units above, some of which may be designated affordable. Existing single-story buildings must first be demolished; a pub as well as a cinema have already vacated their spaces.
A relatively short over century-old apartment building on the Upper East Side will be remaining the way it is, at least for the near future. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a presentation to bring 1143 Fifth Avenue from its current seven-story height to 13 stories. The overall design of the proposed building, if it were new for a vacant lot, would likely have received (or been close to receiving) approval from the LPC, but as an addition, it was too much for the commissioners (and the public, which showed up en masse).
The eco-friendly form of construction known as passive house is still rare in New York City. It saves building owners more money in the long run by cutting down on energy costs. But construction costs developers more up front, because passive house demands a special kind of ventilation system, several additional inches of insulation, and extra thick windows. Few affordable housing developers are willing to take on the challenge, but HANAC—an organization that builds senior housing throughout Queens—has decided to make its low-income project in Corona a passive house building.
Last month, Slate Property Group and Adam America Real Estate sold their development site at 275 Fourth Avenue/251 1st Street, in Park Slope, to Chinese developer Vanke, according to Commercial Observer. An 11-story, 44-unit condominium project is planned, and 5,547 square feet of retail and community space is expected on the ground floor. The new developer has also landed a $33.2 million construction loan and expects to complete the building in Q3 2016. Sales should launch in early 2016 and ODA Architecture is designing.