Harlem Gas Station To Become Mixed-Use Development

2040-Frederick-Douglass-BoulevardFINALA former BP gas station in Harlem has been plucked by the New York City Economic Development Corporation for development as a mixed-use project with more than 50 apartments.

Artimus Construction, the developer behind One Morningside Park, won a request-for-proposal process that began in February, and will now move forward with a 125,000-square-foot mixed-use project on the 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard site, also to include a new 8,600-square-foot space for the Harlem-based Millennium Dance Company.

Most of the building’s space will go to apartments, at least 20 percent of which must be affordable. The retail component, to house a minimum 8,000-square-foot space, will most likely house a restaurant.

The building could be 12 stories tall without requiring any zoning changes. The ground floor will also contain a retail space.

“This planned mixed use space has a really nice balance of market rate and affordable housing, cultural space and community space,” said a NYCEDC spokeswoman.

The former BP gas station, one of the few in the area, closed down recently. It was believed to be the only gas station along Central Park.

The former owner of the space Carmie Elmore Jr., vice president of 110th Street Service Station, Inc., owned the space but the city maintained the right to reacquire the property as part of the 1996 deed of sale.

Elmore had filed suit against the city but came to a settlement, said city officials who declined to disclose the amount. Calls to Artimus were not immediately returned.

Artimus is also developing a 120-foot wide Chelsea parking lot at 132-142 West 27th Street, purchased earlier this year for $35 million, as a commercial office tower.

Workers were seen dismantling the gas station Wednesday.

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