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Lenox Terrace Residents Fighting Against Proposed Commercial Rezoning



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Resident of Lenox Terrace are fuming over the fact that their landlord left them in the dark after filing plans with the city to rezone their development.

The Olnick Organization, which owns Lenox Terrace, filed a pre-application with the Department of City Planning in November. They have not held any public meetings about their redevelopment plans in more than a year, tenants said.

"I was surprised and shocked because we were under the impression that they filed in May," said Delsenia Glover, the president of the tenants association.

News of the plan wasn’t a complete shock. Olnick had shared variations of its proposed development since 2008. But the group had never gone as far as filing paperwork with the city.

Now the tenants association is fighting against the clock to kill the rezoning plan before the ULURP process starts.

“For us the filing of it pressures us to step up our game, so to speak, in our opposition,” said Elaine Williams, 80, the treasurer of the tenants association. “If we had known in November, we would’ve stepped up our opposition strategy in December, not May.”

Williams said she is not surprised the landlord kept quiet about submitting plans to the city because the tenants association has publicly opposed the project for years.

In 2014, a survey showed that 78 percent of the tenants oppose the plan.

Olnick did not respond to questions about the timeline for its development plan.

Submitting a pre-application form is the first step of the ULURP process, which is required for any zoning changes.

According to the application, the group plans to change the zoning from a residential R7-2 to a commercial C6-2.

That would allow for six new buildings, the addition of 1,300 residential units and 287,062 square feet of retail space. Currently, Lenox Terrace has about 1,700 residential units and 96,564 square feet of commercial space, according to the application.

Some of the new buildings would be 30 stories tall. Currently, they are 17 stories high. A two-story commercial space full of large box stores would line Lenox and Fifth avenues.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2015, 9:39 PM
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New York needs more of these projects. More density in areas well served by subway.
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Expanded Plans Adding 1,642 New Units To Lenox Terrace Revealed In Harlem



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Today, we have the latest on an even larger project coming to Harlem, with the reveal for the first rendering of the massive expansion proposed for Lenox Terrace, which would eventually yield over 1,600 new apartments by the time of full build-out.

We previously reported on the project back in 2015, but evidently plans for expansion have increased substantially since then. The proposed number of new units has seen a large jump, from 1,300 to 1,642.

Besides the residential component, which will include somewhere between 411 and 493 affordable apartments, the current plan would also add another 40,000 square feet of retail, 15,000 square feet of community facility space, and approximately 200 parking spaces.

The parking spaces are definitely the least palatable part of the plan. Lenox Terrace resembles many NYCHA properties in this regard, where residents who are already subsidized at dramatically below-market rates receive free or extremely affordable parking, taxing the city’s infrastructure and preventing the “towers-in-the-park” style complexes from reaching their full potential.

Unfortunately, this seems to further confirm that Mayor DeBlasio’s “Vision Zero” is nowhere near realization, with city officials failing to realize that urban planning is the most crucial aspect behind reducing the number of pedestrian and automobile fatalities and injuries.

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As for Lenox Terrace, the first phase is expected to be completed by 2022, with the full build-out anticipated for 2027. The Olnick Organization is behind the project, though there is currently no word on which architect will design the ultimate build-out, with exact plans appearing to be in-flux.
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Proposal For Improvements To Harlem’s Lenox Terrace Begins Public Review




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A proposal to significantly improve Harlem‘s massive Lenox Terrace housing complex has begun public review as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process. Plans call for the addition of mixed-income housing, six acres of green space, and retail to the site located between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, and from 132nd to 135th Streets. Lenox Terrace comprises over six square blocks and houses more than 4,000 people across six buildings.

The proposal includes approximately 1,600 new units of mixed-income housing, with an estimated 400 affordable residences complying with the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing guidelines. In addition, there would be 160,000 square feet of retail, six acres of green space, and an amenities package for Lenox Terrace residents. If approved, the project would create more than 2,700 on-site construction jobs and over 300 permanent jobs.

Construction for the development is projected to begin in the fall of 2020, with an expected opening of phase one in 2023.
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The No. 1 development priority for the city should be to utilize the sprawling parking lots and trash-filled grassy deadzones that take up most of the acreage in the city's housing projects.

This is the most buildable land in the city. It's nothing less than a crime that the DeBlasio administration hasn't already bid out projects to build on every last square inch of housing project parking lots and unused grass space.
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