The BP station that formerly occupied part of the traffic circle at 110th Street and Central Park West has shut down, and a Western Union has taken its place. That Western Union probably isn't long for this world, though, since the city last year issued a Request for Expression of Interest (like a baby RFP). The RFEI put forth stipulations that an 82,000-square-foot residential development be sustainable, provide jobs, and include affordable housing and retail.
One tiny little hiccup: The city does not currently own the landas much as it might covet that park-facing real estateand the gas station's owner filed suit last year to be able to keep his property. West Side Rag reports that someone who answered the gas station's phone said that "the city was taking possession of the site," so we can only assume that the administration has figured or will figure out a way to placate the owner, take it over, and build, build, build. One Morningside Park, you just may have company someday.
· Gas Station on 110th Closes; New Development Coming? [WSR]
· 110th Street Gas Station In Harlem Has Closed [Harlem Condo Life]
· Here's a Chance to Build at the Corner of Central Park [Curbed]
Photo via West Side Rag