EDC floats plan for 1.1M sf development at MTA bus depot in East Harlem

Project would include 730 apartments, including 50% affordable units

Maria Torres-Springer and 2460 Second Avenue in Harlem
Maria Torres-Springer and 2460 Second Avenue in Harlem

If the city’s Economic Development Corp. has its way, a full-block East Harlem site that houses a former slave burial ground — and most recently was used as an MTA bus depot — could become a massive mixed-use complex with hundreds of affordable housing units.

Plans for a 1.1 million-square-foot project at the city-owned site at 2460 Second Avenue were disclosed in The City Record last week, according to the Commercial Observer. A memorial and cultural center commemorating the burial ground and its descendants would be a “centerpiece” of the development, which will also provide housing and jobs to the community, an EDC spokesperson said in a statement.

The proposal includes a 655,215-square-foot building with 730 apartments — 50 percent of which would be affordable. The rest of the space would be used as retail and office space, with about 30,000 square feet set aside for a community facility, including 15,000 square feet for a burial ground memorial.

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Plans also call for a 300-spot parking garage and 18,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The 17th century site, between 126th and 127th streets, was previously occupied by a church and slave burial ground before being developed into an amusement park, casino and film studio. It was later leased to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which vacated the 105,000-square-foot building in January after its lease expired. http://therealdeal.com/2014/01/19/mta-may-close-east-harlem-facility-atop-historic-burial-site/

If the EDC’s plans make it through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the ultimate goal is to change the zoning and sell the site to a private developer in order to execute its vision. [CO] — E.B. Solomont