By Sabina Mollot
Residents lately have noticed the installation of a new entrance to 250 First Avenue, and have been wondering as to the reason. According to a permit application approved by the Department of Buildings in February to renovate cellar space, the building is to soon house a resident welcome center. The project had an estimated cost of $25,000.
CWCapital spokesperson Brian Moriarty said the center will be called The New Resident Welcome Center and will be a place where new tenants can pick up keys and navigate the move-in process. Tenants will also go there to learn about community rules and regulations like proper trash/recycling disposal and the noise policy and learn now new appliances and the intercom system work.
“We are very excited to open this New Resident Welcome Center,” Moriarty said. “We think it is a great way to welcome new neighbors into our community.”
In other news at that building, in another application filed on May 12, the owner was looking to convert storage space that had been used by a commercial tenant into part of the leasing office. On May 18, an application was filed to renovate the Dunkin Donuts located at 266 First Avenue. Work would include removing and replacing counters, ceiling tiles and install new non-slip flooring.
Meanwhile, work is also underway at 435 East 14th Street to create two new apartments. According to DOB data, the work application was approved on May 5.
Work to remove asbestos has already begun on June 1, and according to a flyer that circulated around Facebook, will continue at the building’s Main level through May 1, 2016. The resident who posted it on the Tenants Association’s Facebook page noted that a unit is a studio is being created from storage space. CWCapital did not respond to a request for comment on the apartments. However, this isn’t the first time that CW has quietly built new apartments in the complex. Last September, T&V reported the construction of 11 new units in the building that housed the old management office, including five studios.