HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForumSkyscraper Posters
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Global Projects & Construction > Proposals

    

321 East 96th Street in the SkyscraperPage Database

Building Data Page   • New York Skyscraper Diagram
New York Projects & Construction Forum
            
View Full Map

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #41  
Old Posted Nov 14, 2017, 9:48 PM
NYguy's Avatar
NYguy NYguy is offline
New Yorker for life
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Borough of Jersey
Posts: 35,320
https://citylimits.org/2017/11/14/ma...t-in-the-city/

Manhattan Parcel with Murky Origins Could Frame a Debate Over Parks and Development in the City




By Rick Stachura
11/14/17


Quote:
A project five years in the making gained widespread attention last month when it was portrayed as the latest chapter in the Bill de Blasio-Andrew Cuomo feud. Neither the mayor nor the governor, however, warrant the attention. They’re minor characters in a story that hinges on a complicated issue: Is the Marx Brothers Playground on 2nd Avenue between East 96th and 97th Streets a park or a playground?

On October 23, Cuomo and the State Legislature agreed to find out. In a memorandum, the Governor ordered Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to “investigate all of the property’s historical records, uses, and any other factor relevant to the land’s designation.” Consequently, before the City can commandeer the area for construction, it must wait for Harvey’s assessment.


Quote:
In September 2013, the Educational Construction Fund (ECF) selected AvalonBay Communities, Inc. to redevelop the site. The firm’s proposal survived the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) and secured the City Council’s approval in August 2017.

Under the plan, Park East High School, presently at 230 East 105th Street, and The Heritage School, now at 1680 Lexington Avenue, will be shuttered and combined into a new eight-story building along 1st Avenue. COOP Tech will be demolished and reborn as a nine-story structure along 2nd Avenue. It will share the same foundation as 20,000 square feet of retail space and a 63-story residential tower with over 1,000 rental units; 300 apartments will be income-targeted or “affordable.”

Meanwhile, the Marx Brothers Playground will be shifted to the center of the block.


Quote:
Of the 300 affordable apartments, 100 will be set aside for households making less than $34,360 for a family of three (40 percent of area median income, or AMI), while the other 200 will go to households earning from $51,540 to $85,900 for a family of three (60 to 100 percent of AMI).

During the project’s ULURP stage, local officials tried to get AvalonBay to tweak some of those numbers but failed. “The Area Median Income (AMI) does not go low enough for 37 perfect of residents who make $23,000 or less. We believe that the AMI and the affordability can go lower,” Manhattan Borough President Gail A. Brewer said at a meeting of the City Planning Commission (CPC) in May 2017.

In a letter addressed to the CPC In March 2017, Chair of East Harlem’s Community Board 11 Diane Collier wrote that the venture needed to “include more affordable housing units, with 50% of the units to be permanently affordable.” In 2016, the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan set an even higher and broader goal, urging that public sites be redeveloped with 100 percent income-targeted housing.


Quote:
Although he didn’t veto the bill when he finally received it from the Legislature on October 11th, Cuomo waited 12 days to apply his signature and attached a “chapter amendment”—the memorandum that deferred alienating the site until Commissioner Harvey completes her analysis. Explaining his action, the Governor scribed: “Classification as park or parkland should not provide zoning bonuses to private industry. Playgrounds [however] are a different classification and may be eligible for zoning incentives, and no state approval of alienation is necessary.”

.....Cuomo’s October 23rd memorandum merely places the inevitable on hold as Harvey’s future findings are not imbued with any force of law. She wasn’t even given a timetable to return them. Perhaps the pause will foster greater public awareness. Or maybe Cuomo’s missive will be heard as a wake-up call to officials about the overall role of parks—and playgrounds—in an increasingly dense city.


__________________
NEW YORK. World's capital.

“Office buildings are our factories – whether for tech, creative or traditional industries we must continue to grow our modern factories to create new jobs,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #42  
Old Posted Jan 2, 2018, 9:29 PM
NYguy's Avatar
NYguy NYguy is offline
New Yorker for life
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Borough of Jersey
Posts: 35,320
https://www.6sqft.com/battle-heats-u...er-is-planned/

Battle heats up over East Harlem park where a 760-foot tower is planned


JANUARY 2, 2018
BY DEVIN GANNON


Quote:
Located on Second Avenue between East 96th Street and East 97th Street, the Marx Brothers Playground boasts a jungle gym and ball fields spread out over 1.5 acres. The East Harlem green space, which first opened in 1947 on land formerly occupied by the car barn of the Second Avenue Railway, has found itself at the center of a debate between preservationists and developers. As the New York Times reported, park advocates and city officials disagree on whether the parcel is considered a park or a playground. If it’s a park, any plans to modify it require the approval from the State Legislature and the governor; playgrounds do not. While it seems irrelevant, the categorization of the land will determine whether a 68-story mixed-use tower will rise on its site, a project backed by city officials and affordable housing advocates.

As 6sqft previously covered, the New York City Educational Construction Fund and AvalonBay Communities hope to build a more than 1 million square foot mixed-use development at 321 East 96th Street. The project calls for two new school buildings for three different schools in the area, 20,000 square feet of retail space and the 760-foot residential tower which would offer up to 1,200 units with 300 of them affordable. The tower would be the tallest tower north of 60th Street. AvalonBay also plans to build a new playground at the center of the complex, although the current one would be closed during construction.

Last month, local groups and preservation associations filed a lawsuit to block the project. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to assign the commissioner of state parks, Rose Harvey, to investigate the site determine its legal status. Cuomo has previously expressed concerns that this project would set a dangerous precedent to let developers use space as state property instead of city property, letting them be exempt from the city’s zoning regulations. However, the governor has already signed a bill granting the developer permission to modify it, if no other legal challenges arise.

“Classification as a park or parkland should not provide zoning bonuses to private industry,” Cuomo wrote in a memo for the bill. “Confirming the status and nature of the land has significant legal implications for New York City and residents who want assurance that they will have access to outdoor recreation.”

Although the City Council, the local community board and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer approved the land-use proposal, open space advocates are not backing down.

Lynn Kelly, the executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, told the Times that adding both housing and educational infrastructure is critical, but the city should not have to choose between those spaces and open space. “To continue to minimize one over the other creates this impression to New Yorkers that parks and open space are an amenity as opposed to critical infrastructure, just like a school and just like affordable housing,” Kelly said.



https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/n...ight.html?_r=0

Park or Playground? Semantics Dispute Illuminates Preservationists’ Fight

By VIVIAN WANG
JAN. 1, 2018







__________________
NEW YORK. World's capital.

“Office buildings are our factories – whether for tech, creative or traditional industries we must continue to grow our modern factories to create new jobs,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #43  
Old Posted Jan 3, 2018, 8:49 PM
toddguy toddguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 557
Oh for God's sake-they are replacing the park/playground space, plus adding hundreds of affordable units! This is not about any "park"-it is all about NIMBY's smh.

Build it now!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #44  
Old Posted Jan 3, 2018, 11:12 PM
chris08876's Avatar
chris08876 chris08876 is online now
Abiogenesis
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: New Jersey - Somerset County
Posts: 20,443
And its not even a nice park either. If this was sacred ground where Lord Baby Jesus himself kissed the ground, I could understand, but its just a sad, most likely used for illicit deals type of park. Not worth saving.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #45  
Old Posted Jan 3, 2018, 11:54 PM
yankeesfan1000 yankeesfan1000 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: 10014
Posts: 1,428
Quote:
Originally Posted by toddguy View Post
Oh for God's sake-they are replacing the park/playground space, plus adding hundreds of affordable units! This is not about any "park"-it is all about NIMBY's smh.

Build it now!
Plus two new brand new schools...

This sort of absurd BS almost makes me want to run for office and try and clean this crap up.
Reply With Quote
     
     
End
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Global Projects & Construction > Proposals
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 9:55 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.