YIMBY recently told you about some new murals created to spruce up the Essex Street Market. Well, that’s not the only project out there making Manhattan’s Lower East Side a more beautiful place. 100 Gates has been at it for nearly two years.
Economic Development Corporation
A rendering for a new Lower Manhattan skyscraper by architect Thomas Juul-Hansen has appeared on the YIMBY Forums. The building is located on the corner of White and Centre streets, at 137 Centre Street, just to the east of TriBeCa. Juul-Hansen’s rendering would indicate the potential for a 60-story building on a 5,100-square-foot lot. The tower would be located on a site that has significant air rights within its own block, with 75,530 square feet remaining atop the landmarked Fire Engine Company No. 31 at 87 Lafayette Street, and an additional 81,940 square feet atop 139 Centre Street. If the existing nine-story municipal office building at 137 Centre is demolished, the available air rights would total 208,470 square feet. Per the EDC, “Negotiations around the 137 Centre Street RFP are ongoing, and this rendering does not accurately reflect the project under consideration. NYCEDC looks forward to announcing a developer selection in the coming months.”
Connecticut-based Stoneleigh Capital has reportedly signed a letter of intent with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to head the redevelopment of the four-story Battery Maritime Building, an individual landmark located at 10 South Street, in the Financial District. According to Politico New York, the new developer replaces the Dermot Company, who was selected in 2006 to transform the building into a hotel but never completed the project. The conversion is currently a little more than halfway complete. Once finished by the end of 2017, it will include a 60-plus-key boutique hotel, a restaurant and bar on the rooftop, and pubic space in the Grand Hall. Part of the building is still used to launch ferries to Governors Island. Rogers Partners originally designed the project, but when the project resumed after the last economic downturn it was subsequently re-designed for a new program by Ismael Leyva Architects, who also took the building through multiple agency approvals and finally into construction.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two city-owned development sites adjacent to each other, which total 4.5 acres, at 5-40 44th Drive and 4-99 44th Drive. Politico New York reports that the city is looking for developers to build “at least 300,000 square feet of commercial office or light manufacturing space, up to 1,000 apartments, a school, and a small park.” The site is currently located in a manufacturing district but would be rezoned for a mixed-use project. It currently consists of a single-story Department of Transportation facility, a surface parking lot, and a restaurant (which has a lease that expires in 2017). Proposals are due by May 26, 2016.
As we have reported, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the process of dealing with the backlog of 95 items that have been on its calendar since before 2010, some for decades. That process took a big step forward Tuesday, with 30 sites remaining on the calendar as priorities for designation vote by the end of 2016. Five sites were removed from the calendar for lack of merit.