OKs parking waiver that will allow Continuum Co. to build 32-story complex that will include 682 apartments, 63,000 square feet of retail space.
BY MICHAEL J. FEENEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:33 PM
Build it and they will shop. An East Harlem community board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a zoning variance that will allot more retail space and less parking to what could become Harlem’s tallest buildings.
“We think the trade-off between parking and retail is beneficial to the neighborhood,” said George Sarkissian, district manager of Community Board 11, of the massive mixed-use project at 1800 Park Ave. at E. 125th St.
The additional retail, which will be expanded to include 63,200 square-feet of ground floor and second-story space, will slash available parking to just 123 spots for 682 residential units at the 32-story complex, community board members said. Originally, 304 spaces were slated for residents at the two buildings.
Under an original plan, the second floor would have been used as a parking garage for residents of the buildings.
When they’re completed in 2017, the two buildings will stand as Harlem’s tallest structures, officials said.
“Those additional jobs are important to a community that is struggling with 17% unemployment,” Sarkissian said.
The existing zoning had mandated that building developer Continuum Co. provide parking spaces for 40% of all residential units. That means the developer would have made parking available in underground space and on the second floor.