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Aqueduct Racetrack

Resorts World Casino Proposing Hotel-Casino-Convention Expansion at Aqueduct Racetrack, South Ozone Park

The Resorts World Casino is proposing to expand their two-story, 330,000-square-foot building —  located on the grounds of the Aqueduct Racetrack at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, in South Ozone Park, Queens — by roughy 420,000 square feet. The expansion would include an additional 1,000 video lottery terminals, a 400-key hotel, a 20,000-square-foot spa & resort, and at least 140,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, the Wall Street Journal reported. The expansion would be built immeadiately west of the existing casino, where a parking lot is currently located. The proposal would also leave room for the expanded facility to be further expanded with even more retail and casino spaces. The plans must be approved by the Franchise Oversight Board and the New York State Gaming Commission. With proper approvals, completion is expected in early 2019. The casino is connected to the A train’s Aqueduct Racetrack stop via a pedestrian bridge.


620 Fulton Street

12-Story, 179,000-Square-Foot Medical-Office Building Tops Out at 620 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Construction has topped out on the 12-story, 178,958-square-foot medical facility-office building under development at 620 Fulton Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, as seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. The project is being built by the New York Hotel Trades & Hotel Association of New York City Employee Benefit Fund, which is an organization that provides medical and social services to hotel union workers. It will serve as their Brooklyn branch. Health care facilities, totaling 65,000 square feet, will be located on the ground through fifth floors, followed by 70,000 square feet of office space on the sixth through 11th floors. There will also be 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a restaurant. TriBeCa-based Francis Cauffman is behind the design. Façade installation has not yet begun, although completion is expected before 2017.


15 Lafayette Avenue

12-Story, 123-Unit Mixed-Use Building Rises Above Street Level at 15 Lafayette Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Construction is now two stories above street level at 15 Lafayette Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn, where a 12-story, 123-unit mixed-use building is under development. The progress on construction can bee seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. The structure will eventually measure 120,093 square feet. There will be 21,000 square feet of cultural community space across parts of the cellar through second floors, with both the Center for Fiction and the Mark Morris Dance Group as tenants. The residential units, which will be rental apartments and begin on the third floor, should average 678 square feet apiece. Forty-nine of the apartments (40 percent) will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include laundry facilities, storage for 62 bikes, two tenant lounges, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. The ground floor will also feature 2,622 square feet of retail space. Jonathan Rose Companies is the developer, while Dattner Architects is behind the design. Crews broke ground on the project in September of 2015, and completion can likely be expected in 2017.


325 Kent Avenue

16-Story, 522-Unit Mixed-Use Building Rises to 11th Floor at 325 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

The 16-story, 522-unit mixed-use building under construction at 325 Kent Avenue, a block in from the East River in Williamsburg, is now 11 stories in height. Progress on the building – which was only in the foundation stages earlier this year – can be seen thanks to photos taken by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the structure will eventually encompass 401,246 square feet. It will feature 9,378 square feet of retail space on the ground and second floors, followed by residential units on the second through 15th floors. Twenty percent of the rental apartments, or 105, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a five-level parking garage (two underground and three above-grade), storage space for 266 bikes, and “recreation space” on the fourth and 16th floors. The building represents the first phase of the five-building, mixed-use Domino Sugar Refinery mega-development. Two Trees Management Company is the developer, SHoP Architects is the design architect, and Ismael Leyva Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion of the first building is scheduled for 2017.


34 East 13th Street

Reveal for Seven-Story, Six-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 34 East 13th Street, Greenwich Village

The first rendering has been revealed of the seven-story, six-unit mixed-use project planned at 34 East 13th Street, located on the corner of University Place in Greenwich Village. A rendering posted to the construction site was spotted by EV Grieve. The latest building permits indicate the project will encompass 22,995 square feet. It will include 2,135 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by six full-floor residential units on the second through seventh floors. The apartments, which will be condominiums, should average a spacious 2,881 square feet apiece. There will be private residential storage in the cellar, and the top-floor unit will have a private roof terrace. Ranger Properties is the developer, and Morris Adjmi’s Financial District-based Morris Adjmi Architects is designing. YIMBY reported on the project when permits were filed in June of 2015, and since then, the site’s former four-story occupant has been demolished. Completion is expected in 2017.


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