Monday, April 24, 2017

Permits filed for 6-story building in long-empty lot at 89 1st Ave.

[Photo from Friday]

Plans were filed last week with the city for a 6-floor building at 89 First Ave., the long-vacant lot between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.

According to the pre-filing info at the DOB, the building will house eight dwelling units in nearly 7,400 square feet of space. The nearly 1,000 square feet per unit suggests condos. There's another 900 square feet listed for the ground-floor storefront.

As you may recall, we heard a rumor in the fall of 2014 that there were preliminary plans in place to build a 7-floor residential building here.

Since then, we've spotted workers clearing the lot of various weeds and trees and taking soil samples (here and here, for instance).

Florence Toledano was the owner of this lot. In 2013, public records show that the deed for the property was transferred from the Florence Toledano Living Trust to 89 First Avenue LLC. The DOB permit lists Daniel Toledano as the manager of the property. (We do not know the relationship between Daniel Toledano and Florence Toledano. One reader said Daniel is a nephew of Florence.) Andrew Fredman is listed as the architect of record for the new building.

Daniel Toledano is also listed as the owner of the lot that housed the 2Bn2C sculpture garden at 231 E. Second St. between Avenue B and Avenue C. Development plans have been rumored there in recent years as well. There is nothing on file with the DOB for this property.

[231 E. 2nd St.]

Previously on EV Grieve:
Will this long-empty lot on 1st Avenue yield to affordable housing?

Drilling and soil testing commences at the long-empty lot at 89 1st Ave.


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Anonymous said...

Nooooooooooooooo. It was our little piece of the Jungle....That lot was empty since I was a little boy working at Blimpies on 2nd Avenue..Almost 50 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Are they related to Raphael Toledano?

Anonymous said...

Any idea how long ago there was a building on that lot?

Anonymous said...

@11:47 - I think there was a building there until the 60s. Not sure if it burned down or what. There were plans to rebuild in the early 70s but nothing ever happened, maybe because the city was in financial ruin.

My apt backs on to this lot, so I figured it was just a matter of time before something happened. Always enjoyed the space and light from the sky. As long as there's no party space behind or on top of this thing, I don't mind a new building, but something tells me that's too much to wish for.

I thought it was supposed to be affordable housing?

Mickey Paul said...

i never liked that lot, never saw any good art put there.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful and pretty little patch of quiet in the middle of mayhem

-----m said...

my favorite sculpture garden.....

Anonymous said...

I hope the city allows another junkyard to be built, to replace this one.