UDR, owner of the Rivergate residential building at 401 East 34th Street, in Kips Bay, will be allowed to build a small retail building on the corner of First Avenue and East 35th Street, according to DNAinfo. Since part of the property is public space, some thought UDR should have to go through the ULURP process, but Community Board 6 voted against that. The retail building will measure 2,000 square feet in total, and the park will also undergo a renovation with upgrades.
This past summer, YIMBY brought you a construction update on the five-story commercial project at 100 West 125th Street, in Harlem, and now the building appears to have topped-out, according to Harlem+Bespoke. Jeff Sutton is developing, and the building is nearly fully reserved by a slew of retail tenants, including Whole Foods, Burlington Coat Factory, Raymour and Flanigan, and TD Bank, among others. Staten Island-based Gambino and Laporta Architecture is designing, and a 2016 opening appears likely.
Macerich Company, the owner of Green Acres Mall, in Valley Stream, recently broke ground on a two-story, 335,000 square-foot retail complex adjacent to their mall at 750 Sunrise Highway, one block east of the Queens border. According to LI Herald, the shopping center is being dubbed Green Acres Commons, and Ashley Furniture HomeStore, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as other tenants, are expected to lease spaces when it opens in the fall of 2016.
Microsoft is planning to open their first Manhattan flagship store in the five-story building at 677 Fifth Avenue, between East 53rd and 54th Street, according to The Wall Street Journal. The structure has undergone an extensive renovation, acquiring a new façade and updated interior spaces. The store will span 22,269 square feet over five floors, and opening is expected on October 26th at noon.
Williamsburg’s ongoing development boom is stretching across all parts of the neighborhood, and includes everything from apartments to hotels and office buildings. But smaller infill is just as important in terms of rounding out the pedestrian realm, and now we have renderings of plans for an old warehouse at 120 North 6th Street, which Kenneth Park Architects will transform into both retail and office space.