The case, which came shortly after the uproar over the Rivington House scandal, spurred the passage of a City Council bill that required the mayor to approve any changes to deed restrictions.The lot, which was once owned by the Dance Theater of Harlem, was at the center of a deed restriction controversy. The lot had a deed restriction, which had been in effect since 1976, that only allowed the site to be used by a non-profit cultural organization. Last year, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services accepted $875,000 to lift the deed restriction. According to a previous New York Times report, BRP made a $10,000 contribution to one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political causes. The contributions were investigated by the Manhattan district attorney over possible election law violations.
According to a permit application with the Department of Buildings, BRP is looking to build a 27,330 s/f building with 39 apartment units. Plans call for 26,578 s/f of residential space and 572 s/f for a community facility.
Last December, BRP struck a deal with the city to build affordable homes at the site, according to a previous report from DNAInfo.
BRP bought the 75-foot wide lot for $3.1 million last year. SLM Architecture is the architect of record for the project.