A decade ago, the New York City Housing Authority emptied out 22 decaying tenement buildings on the south side of 114th Street in central Harlem, sending residents to public housing elsewhere in the city. Those long-vacant buildings, part of Randolph Houses, have now been renovated and filled with residents, and workers have begun revamping 14 brownstones on the north side of the block.
Brooklyn-based property owner Haim Nortman has acquired, for $10.2 million, 27,500 square feet of air rights from a neighboring property for a mixed-use project planned at 362 West 125th Street, in Harlem. With the additional air rights, the site could accommodate up to 108,588 square feet of mixed-use development. The new building will include commercial space and residential units, Commercial Observer reported, although new building applications have not been filed at this time. The 12,475-square-foot site is occupied by a four-story LaGree Baptist Church
Miami-based Florida Engineering & Development Corp. has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit residential building at 240 West 123rd Street, in Harlem. The project will measure 5,584 square feet and its residential units should average 1,117 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The sixth-floor apartment will also feature space in an upper penthouse. Garment District-based Arias Architecture is the architect of record. The 13-foot-wide, 1,396-square-foot site is vacant. The site was occupied by a dilapidated three-story, 11-unit single-room-occupancy building until 2008, when it was demolished.
After half a century on Lenox Avenue just north of Central Park in Harlem, the Second Canaan Baptist Church will meet the wrecking ball to make way for a new apartment building.