On Wednesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission consolidated its collection of historic artifacts and launched the NYC Archaeological Repository at the Nan A. Rothschild Research Center in Midtown.
Over the summer, the Durst Organization entered into contract to acquire the 36,281-square-foot site at 1800 Park Avenue, located between East 124th and 125th streets in Harlem. The developer has since closed on the purchase for just under $91 million, the New York Post reported. Durst will abandon the ODA New York-designed 24-story, 670-unit mixed-use project (originally 32 stories and 682 units) envisioned by the Continuum Company, the site’s previous owner. Instead, completely new plans will be drawn up, presumably by a different architect. Regardless, the final plans will include a large affordable housing component. Roughly 600,000 square feet of mixed-use space can be built as-of-right. The project is still eligible for the 421-a tax abatement since Continuum technically conducted foundation work at the site.
Northern Hell’s Kitchen is getting a movie theater. Now that exterior construction has been completed on the 32-story, 709-unit mixed-use building, dubbed VIA 57 WEST, at 625 West 57th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, work is underway to lease the building’s apartments and fill its 45,000 square feet of retail space. One of those commercial tenants now includes Landmarks Theatres, which will operate an eight-screen movie theater within the base of the building.
Back in October of 2014, YIMBY revealed new renderings of the previously planned 32-story, 682-unit mixed-use project at 1800 Park Avenue, located between East 124th and 125th streets in East Harlem. Then last year, the project’s developer, the Continuum Company, decided to sell the site. Earlier this year, the Continuum defaulted on their loan on the property, and now the creditor, the Durst Organization, is in contract to acquire the site for nearly $100 million, The Real Deal reported. It wasn’t disclosed what Durst plans to do with the property. Continuum technically poured a part of the building’s foundation before the 421-a tax abatement expired, so the project remains eligible. Amended new building permits currently describe a 24-story, 670-unit project encompassing 694,000 square feet. Featured is 73,460 square feet of commercial space and 46,250 square feet of community facility space on the cellar through third floors. ODA New York is behind the project’s design.
In December, YIMBY brought you a construction update on the 10-story, 65-unit mixed-use building, dubbed FRANK 57WEST, under construction at 600 West 58th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen at the corner of Eleventh Avenue. At the time, the structure was three stories in height, but now the building has officially topped out. It’s the first ground-up project to bring medical space to the Far West Side. The first four floors, which the Wexler Healthcare Properties Team at The Corcoran Group is leasing, will contain 87,717 square feet of medical space. The ground floor will also feature 6,407 square feet of commercial-retail space, and the top six floors will contain the rental apartments. The Durst Organization is developing the project and Studio V Architecture is designing it. Occupancy is expected in the second half of 2016.