By Jeff Mays
HARLEM—Two new apartment buildings with a total of nearly 200 units are coming to central Harlem — one on West 116th Street and the other on West 117th Street.
L+M Development Partners Inc., the developers who own the nearby buildings Kalahari and P.S. 90, are in the process of getting approval to build a new 12-story residential 95-unit market rate building with 20,000 feet of retail space on West 116th Street, they confirmed. They also have a nine-story, 100-unit affordable housing building with 9,000 feet of community facility space planned for West 117th Street.
A parking lot and basketball court now occupies the future site of the buildings, between Fifth and Lenox avenues. Both projects are still in the middle of the uniform land use review process.
Community Board 10 will have a hearing on proposed zoning changes on June 1. The developer is requesting changes and exemptions to the commercial zoning now in place at the locations.
L+M Development Partners Inc. declined to comment further. The group is responsible for redeveloping P.S. 90, a six-story Beaux Arts building at West 148th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. The former school was abandoned because of asbestos problems.
P.S. 90 includes 75 units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms that range in price from $450,000 to $899,000. Twenty of the units were set aside as affordable housing.
The proposed new development on West 116th Street is across the street from the Kalahari, a 249-unit condo that includes 125 affordable units.
Some members of Community Board 10's land-use committee complained that the affordable units should be divided among the two proposed buildings.
Even so, the projects received the land-use committee's stamp of approval as well as the support of area Councilwoman Inez Dickens.