In 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission twice rejected redevelopment plans for the long-vacant five-story residential building at 721 St. Nicholas Avenue, located on the corner of West 146th Street in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The property sits within the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District, which means building alterations require LPC approval. Harlem+Bespoke now reports a gut-renovation, without the expansion, is underway to transform the building into retail space and four residential units. Retail will measure 2,048 square feet on the ground floor, and full-floor units will average 1,278 square feet apiece. There will also be recreational space on the rooftop. Alexander Perros, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is developing, and MK Architecture is the architect of record. Completion is anticipated for this summer.
Back in the spring of 2015, BFC Partners broke ground on the commercial-retail complex dubbed Empire Outlets, located at 35 Richmond Terrace in St. George, Staten Island. In the last few weeks, the sprawling structure went vertical with the placement of steel beams. When it’s complete in late 2017, the project will have 100 retailers across 370,148 square feet of commercial space. Towards the center of the complex, atop the retail, a six-story, 190-key hotel will encompass an additional 107,109 square feet. A 1,250-car parking garage will be located below the entire structure, bringing the total square-footage of Empire Outlets to 1,139,313. The developer has already signed a couple dozen tenants, the latest of which is Jewelers on Fifth, according to Commercial Observer. SHoP Architects is the design architect.
On Thursday, at a little before noon, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for 99 Hudson Street in Jersey City. Located on a site bounded by Hudson, Grand, Greene, and York streets, the 900-foot-tall mixed-use condominium tower will likely be the tallest building in the state and one of the tallest residential buildings in the entire country. The event not only kicked off construction, but also provided a venue to show off new renderings of the project.
Last December, Cogswell Realty filed exploratory plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Streit’s Matzo Factory, spanning 148-154 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The brick buildings will be partially demolished down to the first floor, according to permits with the Department of Buildings. Bowery Boogie spotted additional filings that call for six floors to be built atop the single-story structure that would be left behind after demolition. There will be 45 residential units in total and retail space is expected to measure 10,219 square feet on the ground and cellar floors. The structure would be topped by a open roof terrace. GLUCK+ is the architect of record and likely designing the redevelopment.
Cornell Realty Management is planning to build a four-story, 35,000 square-foot retail project at 257-263 West 34th Street, in the Garment District, according to Crain’s New York Business. According to The Real Deal, which reported on the assemblage last month, Chetrit Group and Cornell Realty acquired the three-story retail building at 261-263 West 34th Street together last March for an undisclosed amount. 259 West 34th Street was also recently acquired for $20.5 million. Chetrit and Cornell have since cut their partnership and, through a deal, have split their properties into separate ownerships. Cornell’s retail project will be clad in glass and construction is expected to begin sometime this year. A total of three small retail buildings must first be demolished.