We performed a property analysis for this entire city block, from street-to-street and avenue-to-avenue, in Harlem, New York. Our goals were to uncover the maximum floor area remaining on the site, determine how to best utilize the remaining FAR, and increase parking on the site.
The owner previously retained another consultant who determined only 20,000 sq. ft. of the remaining FAR could be used. We revisited the zoning and found a location that would provide for the full utilization of the available FAR. Our work also included navigating the Harlem-East Harlem Special Purpose District, recent rezonings as well as the original zoning.
Our high-level understanding of zoning nuances and building design experience gives us the advantage of having a complete picture when analyzing a development site. For this project, we navigated a large number of zoning considerations, including subdividing the site. We are currently in schematic design for a new, 12-story residential building, parking garage expansion, and infill commercial space on the site, with approximately 130,000 sq. ft. in total gross floor area.