Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Another new building permit filed for the long-empty lot at 89 1st Ave.
Another set of new building permits are now on file with the city for a development at 89 First Ave., the long-empty lot between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
According to the DOB filings, the proposed building is six floors with eight residential units and ground-floor retail. In total, the structure is 8,183 square feet.
This is the second time in recent years that plans have been filed for a new building here. In 2017, the city never approved plans for a similar-sized structure — eight units, six floors.
As previously reported, 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.)
Daniel Toledano is still listed as the property owner and developer of the project.
In December 2017, workers dismantled the sculpture fence that had lined the lot for years (since the late 1980s, per one estimate). The fence was created at the former Gas Station (aka Art Gallery Space 2B) on Avenue B and Second Street by Claire Kalemkeris and Johnny Swing in collaboration with Linus Coraggio.
[EVG photo from 2017]
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.
Workers remove the sculpture fence and prep lot at 89 1st Ave.