Developers want to add about 1,600 apartments to the six-building development.

By Brendan Krisel

HARLEM, NY — After nearly 10 years of planning and delays, a massive expansion project for Harlem's Lenox Terrace apartment complex is ready for the city's public review process.

The City Planning Commission certified a package of land use applications Monday that were filed by Lenox Terrace's developers, the Olnick Organization, that could double the size of the sprawling complex bounded by Lenox Avenue, Fifth Avenue, West 132nd Street and West 135th Street.

Expansion plans are based off a master plan for the development designed a decade ago by architect Max Bond, a representative of the Olnick Organization said. The developer will construct new towers on the site that will add about 1,600 new apartments, 160,000 square feet of new retail space and six acres of green space.

About 400 of the new apartments built during the expansion will be offered at below-market prices as part of the city's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. New amenities built during the expansion will be available to all Lenox Terrace residents. The project will also include some renovations to existing apartments, developers said.

"For more than sixty years, Lenox Terrace has been one of Harlem's most beloved communities," Seth Schochet, president of The Olnick Organization, said in a statement. "After many years of planning and incorporating feedback from Lenox Terrace residents, this plan ensures that an important part of Harlem's legacy continues for generations to come."

The local community board and Borough President Gale Brewer will now review the Olnick Organization's plans as part of the city's Uniform Land Use and Review Procedure. The board and borough president's votes are advisory. The application will then go to the City Planning Commission and then the City Council.

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