In February, news broke that the two-story, 22,254-square-foot commercial building at 44-16 23rd Street, in the Court Square section of Long Island City, was going to be transformed into retail space. The Hakimian Organization, which is ground-leasing the property for 99 years from its property owner, is now conducting gut-renovations on it, The Court Square Blog reported. Plywood fencing currently surrounds the structure, which is will receive both interior and exterior upgrades. The windows on both the ground and second floors will be restored to their original sizes, after they were reduced in size following a previous alteration. JRT Realty, who is the leasing agent, is considering securing a restaurant, retailer, gym, an office tenant, or a mix of the those. Woodside-based Topos Design is the architect of record. Completion can probably be expected later this year.
Property owner Junghyun Park has filed applications for a two-story, 5,077-square-foot, multi-use commercial project at 162-31 Depot Road, in Queens’s Murray Hill, located right across from the Broadway station on the Long Island Rail Road. The new building will contain 1,720 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels, in addition to 1,692 square feet of medical offices on a first-floor mezzanine level and the second floor. Duk Gyoo Lee’s Flushing-based TL Engineering is the applicant of record. The 24-foot-wide, 1,816-square-foot site is has long sat vacant.
In July of 2014, FBS Realty, doing business as Jackson Heights-based Manhasset Homes USA, filed applications for a seven-story, 22-unit mixed-use building at 525 Myrtle Avenue, in northern Clinton Hill, located six blocks from the Clinton-Washington Avs stop on the G train. The 26,688-square-foot structure has now topped out, according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. The ground floor will feature 2,143 square feet of retail space – to be sold as a single retail condo – and a 512-square-foot doctors office. The residential units, which begin on the second floor, should average 777 square feet apiece. Jamaica-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record. Completion can be expected closer to 2017.
Back in October of 2014, multiple retail tenants were revealed for spaces in the renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Station, located in between West 178th Street and West 179th Street in Washington Heights. At the time, it was set to fully open in 2015. Construction on the terminal has been further delayed, pushing the opening date to December of 2016, according to DNAinfo. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and a partnership between SJM Partners and Slayton Ventures expects portions of the terminal to open to the public in phases, with tenants moved in before 2017. The property will see its retail space expanded from 30,000 to 120,000 square feet across three levels, and retailers include GAP, Marshalls, Blink Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings, Café 178th Street, Time Warner, GWB Juice Bar, VS Berry Frozen Yogurt, First Financial, and many other shops, eateries, and services. The terminal currently serves to connect NJ Transit buses and other carriers to the A/1 subways and MTA buses.
Back in December of 2014, Brownstoner revealed renderings of the planned five-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 533 Myrtle Avenue (a.k.a. 531 Myrtle Avenue), in Clinton Hill. Now, the project has topped out and curtain wall installation is underway, according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. There will be 5,868 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units will begin on the second floor and should average 684 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include bike storage space, a fitness center, a refuse room, and a 982 square-foot rooftop terrace. Greystone Property Development is the developer and AB Architekten is behind the design. Completion can probably be expected later this year.