Empire State Development


655 West 34th Street

Development Team Selected to Build 1.2-Million-Square-Foot Expansion at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Earlier this week, Empire State Development selected Lendlease Corporation and Turner Construction Company to build the 1.2-million-square-foot expansion at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street in Hudson Yards. Atlanta-based firm tvsdesign is the architect on the development team, Commercial Observer reported, and has presumably replaced FXFOWLE Architects.


400 East 132nd Street

State Launches Request for Expression of Interest for 12.8-Acre Development Site at 400 East 132nd Street, Mott Haven

Empire State Development (ESD) has released a request for expression of interest (RFEI) for the 12.8-acre development site at 400 East 132nd Street, in the South Bronx’s Mott Haven section. The state is seeking to lease or sell the property, which is currently used as a transfer station for trains and trucks, to a development team that’s willing to deck over the station and build a mixed-use project, Crain’s reported. The property, zoned for manufacturing, is an “ESD General Project Plan,” which means the state, through its own approval process, is able to override local zoning regulations. Some percentage of affordable housing is likely envisioned by ESD. The site is owned by the state’s Department of Transportation. Responses are due by February 2, 2017.


Jacob K. Javits Center

Request for Proposals Launched for Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Expansion Project

Empire State Development (ESD) has formally launched a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a development team for the planned three-story, 1.2-million-square-foot expansion project at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street in what’s now called the Hudson Yards District. The expansion was announced earlier this year. The ground-up portion of the project, to be built on the complex’s northern edge, has been dubbed the Transformer Building. It will contain electrical and mechanical infrastructure, plus 665,000 square feet of meeting rooms and exhibition space, a ballroom, and outdoor space. A large truck garage is also expected to be built. FXFOWLE Architects is behind the expansion’s design. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year, Real Estate Weekly reported.


550 West 20th Street

Architect Selected for Mixed-Use Conversion of Former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, West Chelsea

Deborah Berke Partners has been selected, through a competition, to design the mixed-use conversion of the eight-story, 100,000-square-foot former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, on the corner of the West Side Highway in West Chelsea. The competition included over 43 entrants, Curbed NY reported. Last October, Empire State Development (ESD) awarded NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group a 99-year lease of the property, to transform it into community facility and commercial space. Dubbed the Women’s Building, it will house a women’s rights organization, community space, an art gallery, and a restaurant. A construction timeline has not been released. The facility was evacuated in preparation of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Inmates were never transported back to the location due to storm damage and budgetary constraints.


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