HARLEM, NY — A group of tenants at Harlem’s Lenox Terrace development is concerned that an expansion plan proposed by the development’s owners will overwhelm the residential complex with luxury housing and “destination retail” stores.
The Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned Tenants is urging community boards and city officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio to vote down the Olnick Organization’s expansion that was certified for public review in late August. The plan could double the size of the sprawling complex — bounded by Lenox Avenue, Fifth Avenue, West 132nd Street and West 135th Street — by adding as many as 1,600 apartments in five newly-constructed high-rise towers…
“You don’t see places like Target in the pretty renderings that the developer gave the City,” Daniel Carpenter-Gold, a staff attorney at TakeRoot Justice, said in a statement. “But make no mistake, that’s what they’re going for here. If all they wanted was coffee shops and bookstores, they wouldn’t need this ridiculous commercial upzoning.”