It was back in September of 2014 that YIMBY brought you news of permits being filed by John Catsimatidis’s Red Apple Group for a 32-story mixed-use tower at 86 Fleet Place, between Willoughby Street and Myrtle Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, thanks to photos sent to us by our friend Tectonic, we can see that the building is at least one floor above the ground.
Developers Omnia Group and North Wind Group are working to transform the 10-story, 55,000-square-foot former Salvation Army shelter at 225 Bowery, on the Lower East Side, into a 14-story, 200-key Ace Hotel. Bowery Boogie now has renderings of the project, which would expand the building by four stories. The expansion comes at the expense of a three-story, 8,300-square-foot structure at 223 Bowery, which was demolished this past January. Once the property is redeveloped, the ground floor will host the hotel lobby, a 130-seat restaurant, and retail space. There will also be a bar on the 11th floor, along with a roof terrace and a gym. HAKS is designing and is serving as the architect of record. The building was purchased for a little more than $30 million back in 2014.
Following 11 years in the planning and approval process, Summit Development and Greenfield Partners broke ground earlier this week on the retail portion of Chappaqua Crossing. The project is an expansive mixed-use development located on the former Reader’s Digest office campus at 480 Bedford Road, in Chappaqua, a northern Westchester County hamlet in the Town of New Castle. The retail portion includes the build-out of 120,000 square feet of commercial space, including a 40,000 square-foot Whole Foods, a Life Time gym, and other shops and restaurants. The Grossman Companies is partnered in the retail portion and the supermarket is expected to open in 2017.
Tishman Speyer is now working to develop two more office towers on the same block as Two Gotham Center, the 22-story office building the developer built in 2011 at 42-09 28th Street, in Long Island City’s Queens Plaza section. According to The Real Deal, one of the buildings, dubbed One Gotham Center, will be a 29-story, 583,000-square-foot property with 20,000 square feet of retail space. It will include 200 parking spaces. Last year, WeWork signed a lease for 200,000 square feet of space in it. The second building, dubbed Three Gotham Center, will be a 30-story, 515,000-square-foot property with 11,000 square feet of retail space. WeWork has already leased 258,000 square feet of space in Three Gotham Center, according to EB-5 documents. The developer hopes to accumulate $145 million in financing from the EB-5 program. A targeted completion date has not given.
In the summer of 2015, Chelsea-based Alfa Development entered into contract to acquire the development site spanning 253-261 Third Avenue (a.k.a 200 East 21st Street), in Gramercy, and now the developer is planning a 20-story, 65-unit mixed-use building. The Real Deal reports the project will measure 104,700 square feet in total and will include 7,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The rest of the new building will contain 65 condominium units, which will come in one- to four-bedroom layouts. BKSK Architects will be responsible for the design. Reportedly, the developers filed permits for the project, although they have yet to hit public record. Demolition permits, however, are on file for all of the assemblage’s existing buildings. Four three-story structures are to be demolished at 253-259 Third Avenue, and a five-story, 12-unit tenement building at 200 East 21st Street will be razed.