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Harlem’s One45 Project Defeated; Storage, Condos Likely Replacement

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Harlem, NY — The proposal to build two towers with hundreds of apartments in the block of Harlem was withdrawn by developers at the end of Monday, ending the battle that has been tumultuous in the neighborhood for over a year. I did.

A source familiar with the situation told the patch that a project called One45 was withdrawn at the end of Monday. It was hours before it was set to be voted by the city council committee. The vote appeared likely to fail, largely due to opposition from Harlem Councilor Christine Richardson Jordan.

The One45 required a pair of 363-foot-high towers on the corner of West 145th Street and Lennox Avenue and is now the headquarters of stores, gas stations, and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

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The first proposal to build a civil rights museum between the two towers this month Its main supporter, Sharpton, withdrew his support — Allows developers to replace it with affordable housing for the elderly.

Bottom: Within 145th Avenue between Lennox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, it was planned to be replaced by development (September photo). Above: The proposed development site. (Google Maps / NYC Plan)

However, the block will eventually be transformed regardless — there are now projects with full market rates that will replace the block’s current tenant, perhaps including the National Action Network.

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The latest in One45 schedule At the request of Mayor Mark Levine of Manhattan, he asked for a total of 915 apartments, including half the affordable price. One45 needed to increase that percentage Of housing below the market price to gain his support.

However, these recent additions did not satisfy Richardson Jordan, who has been opposed since the start of the project for fear of indirectly expelling black residents of Harlem and contributing to gentrification in the neighborhood. ..

“I wasn’t moved by the new proposals. What they call affordable is actually affordable to the community,” Richardson Jordan said at an “emergency meeting” convened by Community Committee 10 on Saturday. I don’t think it’s the price. “Also Voted against One45..

The number of low-income units has changed significantly under recent plans. This includes the addition of 112 apartments for people who earn 30% of the region’s average income, or about $ 28,020 per person.But Richardson Jordan Said To get her support, at least 57 percent of the project’s apartments must be listed on the 30 percent AMI, otherwise One45 would be out of reach for low-income people in Harlem. rice field.

Councilor Christine Richardson Jordan (bottom right) had a tense conversation with developer Bruce Teiterbaum (far right, center) during a meeting of Community Committee 10 in January. (Community board 10)

But now, the 145th and Lenox horns could be the home of projects that have no affordable housing at all. Developer Bruce Teitelbaum and his partner built a combination of market-priced condominiums, self-storage facilities, and unspecified community facilities because they couldn’t get the zoning changes needed for One45, according to sources familiar with the plan. There is likely to be.

Unlike One45, which has been backed by a commitment to hire members from several construction unions to build, future projects are likely to be built by non-members, according to sources.

Teitelbaum’s lawyer declined to comment on Tuesday. Richardson Jordan said in his statement that he hopes the site will be home to ultra-low-income housing. City-funded construction program..

“When we remove greed from the equation, it’s not impossible to do a big project in that space at an affordable price. Developers work with me and the community to meet our needs. If you’re willing to make one, I’m looking forward to working with you, and that’s likely to happen in the future. “

Breakdown of One45 housing offerings as the proposal evolved over time. The site may not have affordable homes because rezoning was refused. (Councilor Christine Richardson Jordan’s office)

However, Teitelbaum and his partners have publicly stated that they are pursuing that option and will sell an L-shaped site that spans most of West 145th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard. not.

It is also unclear what will happen to the National Action Network, where the existing “House of Justice” headquarters is likely to be bullish to give way to the future construction of the block.Sharpton’s organization Suggested that the Civil Rights Museum may be relocated We’ve moved to another development proposed in Midtown, but the project remains far from approved.

In addition to the two towers, the One45 developers also promised to spend $ 7 million on the upgrade to the adjacent Colonel Charles Young Playground. To construct An underground geothermal energy system that Teitelbaum called “the country’s first residential district-wide green energy program.”

In addition to the elected officials, more than 600 Harlem residents signed a letter against One45 in January. In addition to affordability, opponents also expressed concern about the height of the building and the potential for increased traffic and congestion at nearby subway stations.

One45 street-level rendering. (NYC Plan / SHoP Architect)

Mayor Levine was worried about Tuesday’s refusal to One45 and said the latest proposal “meeted the most important conditions my office offered” by increasing the number of affordable units.

“Given the developers pulled the rezoning application, the site will remain indefinitely: vacant lots, abandoned gas stations, small single-tier retailers,” Levine said in a statement shared with Patch. I am.

“The corners of Lenox Avenue and 145th Street are far more valuable than that. Above the subway station, it’s a busy location on the street that acts as the gateway to Bronx. Most importantly, the need for additional is urgent. Affordable housing in Harlem and the city as a whole is becoming more and more serious. “

A spokesman for Mayor Eric Adams, who faced the first major land-use battle at One45, emphasized that he did not undertake the project directly, but needed to build more homes.

“As the city’s housing shortage continues to exacerbate our affordable crisis, developers and communities must work together to create more homes, especially those that all New Yorkers can buy. No, “said a city hall spokesman. “We will work with all our partners on a comprehensive effort to provide the coveted and affordable housing in all regions of Harlem and New York City.”

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