Over the weekend, it was revealed, by the New York Post, that Extell Development is partnering with Hard Rock International to build a Hard Rock Hotel at 151-159 West 48th Street, located mid-block between Sixth and Seventh avenues, near Times Square in Midtown. Now, a rendering and additional details have been released in a Curbed NY report. The hotel tower will boast 445 rooms, a lobby lounge, a restaurant and bar, a rooftop lounge, and an underground speakeasy-style establishment. The hotel will also feature iconic music memorabilia, like many Hard Rock locations do. The 13,153-square-foot site is currently occupied by a seven-story parking garage and a five-story tenement building. Permits were filed to demolish the garage in February. The assemblage can accommodate 180,336 square feet of commercial development as-of-right. Additional air rights can be acquired elsewhere on the block and from around the district, as the site sits within the special Times Square zoning district.
Back in 2005, Thor Equities acquired, for $40 million, the 7.7-acre Revere Sugar Refinery site at 280 Richards Street, located south of Beard Street in Red Hook. The developer later demolished the refinery (the last photos of it can be found here), and has since been floating the idea of building a massive mixed-use project with residential units and commercial space. The developer is now moving forward with plans for a four-story, 623,000-square-foot commercial complex, Bloomberg reported. It will include 600,000 square feet of office space and will boast 100,000-square-foot floor plates. The project will also feature 23,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, presumably on the ground floor, along with a central courtyard, rooftop terraces, and a public waterfront esplanade. Norman Foster’s London-based Foster + Partners is designing. The site is located 12 blocks from the Smith-9th Streets stop on the F/G trains.
Back in March, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) officially approved plans to rebuild LaGuardia Airport, in East Elmhurst, in addition to incorporating a 24-hour ferry service and an AirTrain to help transport travelers. Now, LaGuardia Gateway Partners – comprised of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska, and Meridiam – has closed on a deal with the Port Authority to actually construct the project, and to operate the new 1.3-million-square-foot airport through 2050, according to Crain’s. Demolition is expected to begin within the next few months on the five-story parking garage in front of the Central Terminal building. The Central Terminal will be the first portion to be redeveloped and is expected to be complete by 2021, followed by Terminals C and D. The development team, which is putting up $1.8 billion of its own money, has already secured $2.5 billion in financing. The Port Authority is responsible for an additional $2.2 billion that will go towards infrastructure work.
Jamestown is planning to convert the basement level of Chelsea Market – a 1.2-million-square-foot, multi-use commercial complex located on the block bound by Ninth and Tenth avenues and West 15th and 16th streets, at 75 Ninth Avenue in southern Chelsea – into retail space. The conversion of the basement would double the retail space of the property to 80,000 square feet, according to Crain’s. The basement would be made into a single corridor similar to how the ground floor is currently configured with retailers. The project is expected to take five years. After the retail expansion, and pending an anchor tenant, the owners plan to vertically expand the complex’s office space by roughly 300,000 square feet. The office plans passed the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) in 2012.
Hornig Capital Partners and The Brickman Group have acquired, for $10 million, the three-story, 67,236-square-foot industrial building at 1519 Decatur Street (a.k.a. 1085 Irving Avenue), in Ridgewood, located four blocks from the Halsey Street stop on the L train. The new owners plan to convert the property into modern commercial space, according to Real Estate Weekly. It’s not known what specific commercial tenants the building will be geared to, but the space will be flexibly divisible. The gut-renovation will cost roughly $6 million and financing has already been secured. The structure was built in 1929 and contains large floor plates.