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313 West 117th Street

Construction Wraps On Six-Story, 10-Unit Residential Project At 313 West 117th Street, Harlem

Construction is wrapping up on the six-story, 10-unit residential project under development at 313 West 117th Street, in Harlem. The structure can be seen in an update by Harlem+Bespoke. The latest building permits indicate the new building measures 11,910 square feet and rises 75 feet. The residential units should average 985 square feet apiece, which means either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. Walter Marin’s Midtown South-based Marin Architects is the architect of record and an anonymous Woodside-based company is the property owner. Occupancy can likely be expected in the coming weeks or months.


36-01 Broadway

Single-Story Retail Buildings Being Renovated, Combined at 36-01 Broadway, Astoria

Morris Dweck, doing business as Brooklyn-based DII Enterprises, is planning to renovate and restore parts of the façade on the single-story, 10,000-square-foot commercial-retail building at 36-01 Broadway, located on the corner of 36th Street in Astoria. The project also includes combining the corner property with the single-story retail building at 36-11 Broadway. The corner building is very likely a former Childs Restaurant location, DNAinfo reported, which prompted local historical preservation organizations to urge the property owner to retain the building’s exterior details. The effort was successful and Midtown South-based Marin Architects is designing a renovation that respects existing design elements. The façade will be made mostly of brick and limestone. Completion is expected later this year.



685 Fifth Avenue

Office Portion of 20-Story 685 Fifth Avenue Getting 90-Key Boutique Hotel Conversion & Expansion, Midtown

In April, news broke that Istanbul-based Gulaylar Group entered into contract to acquire the entire 90,000-square-foot office portion of the 20-story, 115,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 685 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of East 54th Street in Midtown. The deal includes the development rights to vertically expand the building by five stories. Those air rights were made available after property owners General Growth Properties and Thor Equities repositioned the building’s three stories of retail space, which now measures 23,400 square feet and is being made into Coach’s flagship store. Now, Gulaylar has disclosed plans to convert the office portion they are buying, along with the future expansion, into a 90-key boutique hotel, The Real Deal Reports. Five hotel chains, including Oetker Collection, AccorHotels, and LVMH’s Cheval Blanc, are currently in negotiations with the developer. The building’s remaining office tenant is moving out in August. Walter Marin’s Midtown-based Marin Architects is the architect of record for the expansion.


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