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Dormant expansion plan for Harlem’s Lenox Terrace complex will enter public review

The Department of City Planning has determined that this needs more review and will hold a public hearing next month

Via Fox Rothschild LLP

A long-dormant expansion project in Harlem is finally moving forward with the public review process scheduled to kick off next month, Politico reports. Plans to expand the six-building Lenox Terrace complex have been in the works since at least 2009, but they haven’t moved forward for one reason or another.

A set of renderings designed by David Brody Bond were unveiled in 2011, but that version of the project never moved forward. In 2015, residents complained that the developer and owner of the complex, the Olnick Organization, wasn’t putting out enough information about the proposed expansion. To rectify that perception, the developer held a public information session in October last year, where residents of the existing complex got the first look at the latest development plans.

Now concerned residents will get another chance to chime in at a public meeting that’s scheduled for February 8. As plans stand right now, the Olnick Organization wants to replace five single-story retail buildings at the complex with five new residential buildings that will bring a total of 1,642 new apartments to the neighborhood. Of the total units, 493 will offered up as some form of affordable housing.

Earlier today, YIMBY published what appeared to be a new rendering of the project, which is located between Lenox and Fifth Avenues and 132nd and 135th Streets, though Curbed has been unable to confirm this rendering with the developer. YIMBY goes on to add that the number of units have now increased from 1,300 to over 1,600, and that the project will include new retail, parking, and community facilities.

The developer is looking to finish the project in two phases with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2022, followed by the second in 2027.