Last October, construction was making quick progress at the World Trade Center Transit Hub, dubbed the Oculus, and the structure is now receiving its finishing touches. Platform B of the PATH’s WTC station has now opened to the public, and Platform C is currently being reconstructed. According to Curbed, glass installation for the structure’s skylight is also underway.
A 35-story, 80-unit condominium tower, currently in the design stage, is planned at 611 West 56th Street, also known as 823 11th Avenue, in Midtown West. The building will span 162,000 square feet and stand 420 feet in height, according to Dezeen, and Álvaro Siza is designing. Sumaida + Khurana is co-developing with LENY, and construction is slated to begin in 2016, with completion in 2018. Gabellini Sheppard is designing the interiors, while SLCE Architects will serve as the architect of record. A six-story building will need to be demolished first.
Kushner Companies and CIM Group plan to convert the 26-story, 470,000 square-foot office building at 2 Rector Street, in the Financial District, into 452 rental units. The property is currently 84 percent occupied, with the building’s largest lease running until 2022. The team acquired the building for $140 million in 2013.
Only placed on the market earlier this month, Kuafu Properties is in contract to acquire the development assemblage spanning 143-161 East 60th Street, on the northern edge of Midtown East, for more than $300 million. A 280,000 square-foot residential building with a retail portion could be accommodated at the site, and rumor has it that condominiums are likely planned. Six low-rise buildings — the largest being 11 stories — currently occupy the site.
Exclusive Homes New York, LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, six-unit residential building at the vacant lot at 13 East 128th Street, in northern East Harlem, between 5th and Madison avenues. The building will measure 6,555 square feet, which works out to units measuring an average of nearly 1,100 square feet. Per Schedule A, each residence will have their own floor, and condos appear likely. Issac & Stern Architects is designing.