The city-owned site is part of the larger redevelopment of the thoroughfare
A long-dormant East Harlem development may finally be moving forward. Over the weekend, a permit application for 201 East 125th Street was filed with the city’s Department of Buildings. It’s notable both for its size—the building in question will rise 19 stories and have more than 400 apartments—and for its location, on a parcel of city-owned land that’s part of the larger redevelopment of East 125th Street.
A spokesperson for the NYC Economic Development Corporation confirmed to Curbed that this particular building is part of what was once known as the East Harlem Media, Entertainment, and Cultural Center. The project, which is being developed by a consortium (including Monadnock Development and Richman Capital) under the name East Harlem Redevelopment LLC, has since been renamed E125.
The East Harlem MEC was first conceived during the Bloomberg administration, but was beset by problems—bankruptcy, construction delays, and other issues. In 2014, the city began eminent domain proceedings to seize a chunk of land (between 125th and 127th streets from Second to Third avenues) that would be incorporated into the final project.
Though local business owners objected, the city was able to move forward, and issued an RFP for commercial space on the site in late 2015. The overall project is due to have close to 800 affordable apartments, along with retail and community spaces.
According to the DOB filing, S9 Architecture is the architect of record for 201 East 125th Street, and it’ll be built using some type of modular construction. (We’ve reached out to S9 for comment, and will update with any new information.) In addition to 404 apartments, the building will have both bike and car parking, a dedicated community facility, nearly 61,000 square feet of retail space, and some form of outdoor communal space.
As YIMBY notes, no demolition permits have been approved for the site yet, and there’s no word yet on when construction is due to begin.