When we last checked in on the ODA New York-designed mixed-use development at 436 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn, it was about three stories above ground. Now, it’s about three months later and, thanks to photos sent to us by our friend Tectonic, we can see the project has risen to about 20 stories above ground, on its way to a final height of 28 stories.
Back in March of 2016, YIMBY brought you the first renderings of the 22-story, 52-unit mixed-use building planned at 21 East 12th Street (a.k.a. 100 University Place), in Greenwich Village. Now, complete models of the building, crafted by Radii Inc., have been posted to the YIMBY Forums. The new tower will encompass 122,272 square feet. There will be 13,075 square feet of retail on the ground and cellar levels, in addition to 1,050 square feet of community facility space also on the street level. The residential units, which will be condominiums, should average 2,076 square feet apiece. Amenities include a parking garage in the sub-cellar, storage for 27 bikes, a fitness center, a lounge, and an outdoor terrace on the second floor. William Macklowe Company is the developer, while Annabelle Selldorf Architects is designing the building. SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. The site’s former four-story building was demolished earlier this year.
Back in July of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the two-towered, 1,115-unit mixed-use development underway at 22-44 Jackson Avenue, located in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Following the demolition of the 5 Pointz warehouse, excavation began in August of 2015 for the new buildings, followed by foundation work in November later that year. Now, a portion of the site closest to Jackson Avenue is at street level and beginning to rise, as seen by photos via Curbed NY and The Court Square Blog. The northern and southern towers, which will be connected by a common two-story base, will rise 48 and 41 stories respectively.
Property owners Beacon Capital Partners and MetLife (the insurance company) are planning to execute a $25 million renovate on their 35-story, 533,695-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 575 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of East 47th Street in Midtown. Planned is a redesigned lobby, new exterior and interior elements such as a building canopy, signage/advertising, and lighting, and new amenities such as a 6,000-square-foot conference center and a lounge, Real Estate Weekly reports. The 360,000-square-foot office portion already connects to the building’s three stories of retail and restaurants via an atrium. Barneys New York recently signed on to 72,000 square feet at the tower, and Westpac Banking Corporation and Northwood Investors each have leased 15,000 square feet. The building was developed in 1983.
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.