Lemor moves ahead with MIH project in Harlem

Developer filed plans for 10-story rental building on Lenox Ave.

Rendering of 407 Lennox Avenue (Credit: City Realty)
Rendering of 407 Lennox Avenue (Credit: City Realty)

After securing City Council approval for a new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing project, Lemor Development Group is moving ahead with plans to build a new mixed-use building in Harlem.

The project, dubbed the Robeson, is expected to have 79 residential units across 72,108 square feet, according to a permit application filed with the Department of Buildings on Tuesday. The 10-story building at 407 Lenox Avenue — between West 130th and 131st streets — will rise on city-owned land that will be transferred to Lemor.

All of the units would be affordable, ranging from $864 for a studio to $2,610 for a two-bedroom apartment, according to documents filed with the City Planning Commission. Rent for three-bedroom units would fall between $1,288 and $1,830 per month. As is required under MIH, 20 of the units would be permanently affordable.

The project would also include 2,518 square feet of community space for the New Hope Spring Grove Downtown Baptist Church of Christ and a community group called Street Corner Resources. Another 7,498 square feet is being set aside for commercial use.

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A representative from Lemor did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development filed three land-use applications in connection with the project, seeking a rezoning of the lot to allow for a larger project and to apply MIH. The City Council approved these applications last month.

In November, Community Board 10 recommended approval of the application, on the condition that the developer reduce the project’s height to eight or nine stories. Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer disapproved the application unless Lemor upped the percentage of permanently affordable units.

Lemor is also developing another affordable project nearby at 225 West 140th Street called the Leroy.

The city is in the process of rezoning a swath of East Harlem under MIH.  The City Council approved the rezoning of East New York last year, making it the first to fall under MIH requirements.