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City Moving Forward With Plans For 18-Story Residence at Fulton Houses

By Maya Rajamani | June 21, 2016 11:12am
 A Fulton Houses building on West 18th Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues.
A Fulton Houses building on West 18th Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues.
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CHELSEA — An 18-story residence will rise at the Fulton Houses in Chelsea — more than 10 years after the city committed to building a mixed-income project at the site.

After former Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to build affordable housing in Chelsea as part of the Hudson Yards and West Chelsea rezoning 12 years ago, the city chose developer Artimus Construction to construct hundreds of units at the Fulton Houses and the Elliott-Chelsea Houses, a NYCHA spokeswoman said on Monday.

Eight years after the 2008 financial crisis stalled the Fulton Houses portion of the project, NYCHA has filed plans to build a 160-unit mixed-use building at 413 W. 18th St., between Ninth and 10th avenues, a document filed with the city’s Department of Buildings shows.

“The Fulton Houses project will provide affordable housing for New Yorkers at a time when affordable housing is increasingly difficult to come by, with NYCHA residents given a rental preference for 25 percent of the units,” NYCHA’s spokeswoman said.

The building will rise on property currently used as a parking lot.

In addition to 118,392 square feet of residential space at the site, the 172-foot-tall building will have a 4,563-square-foot community facility, the filing shows.

Of the residential units, 51 will be studio apartments, 70 will be one-bedroom apartments and 38 will be two-bedroom apartments, NYCHA’s spokeswoman said.

As part of the project, the developer will improve the Fulton Houses’ basketball court and playground and build a new community garden, she added.

The city fulfilled its commitment to building a mixed-use project at the Elliott-Chelsea houses back in 2012, when the 168-unit, 22-story Elliott Chelsea building opened at 401 W. 25th St, at the corner of West 25th Street and Ninth Avenue.