Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Plans filed for 37 Sixth Avenue (aka B-15); update on school: Forest City says it *would* be 100,000 sf, with 30,000 sf below-grade

As reported first by The Real Deal yesterday, in Greenland Forest City files plans for Pacific Park resi, school building, the joint venture yesterday filed plans with the Department of Buildings for B-15, a market-rate rental building with a school to be known as 37 Sixth Avenue, designed by Marvel Architects. (Across the street is B-3, or  38 Sixth Avenue.)

The masonry concrete building, slated to rise 26 stores and 272 feet, will include 323 units in 273,930 square feet of residential space (that's an average of 848 sf/unit). As noted by The Real Deal, there would be eight apartments on the sixth floor, 16 units on the seventh floor, 17 apartments on each of the eighth through 10th floors, 18 units on each of the 11th through 16th floors and 14 units on each of the 17th through 26th floors.

The lot area is 21,155, with 80% lot coverage and no outside open space.

A smaller school? 

The first through fifth floors would house a 616-seat public school, which, according to the filing (also below) would encompass 69,858 square feet. But that doesn't mean a cut from the 100,000 square feet planned.

Update: Forest City spokesman Joe DePlasco writes, "The combined footage of the entire school is the 100,000 SF as announced. Approximately 70,000 is zoning square feet, which is above grade, and there’s approximately 30,000 square feet of long span programmable space (gym, auditorium, etc.) below grade."

The 30,000 sf below grade means two levels below ground, at least.

According to the June 2014 Second Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments agreed to by the developer and Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing/shepherding Atlantic Yards, Forest City Ratner agreed to "convey or lease to DOE [Department of Education], space within a development parcel sufficient in size to allow for the development of an approximately 100,000 gross square foot elementary and intermediate public school of contiguous space."

There's similarly language in the 2009 Atlantic Yards Development Agreement.

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