Back in February, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a massive renovation and restoration of the Bronx General Post Office. Located at 558 Grand Concourse, the property is a city individual and interior landmark. Now, the renovation design has changed slightly and the changes were well-received by the commissioners.
In mid-2014, Caerus Group acquired the three-story former Eberhard Pencil Factory building at 74 Kent Street, in Greenpoint, for $7.5 million. Now, the developer is converting the landmarked, 17,413 square-foot property into commercial space, according to Commercial Observer. Office space will be located on the second, third, and cellar levels, while retail space will occupy the ground floor. Each floor will feature outdoor space and 6,000 square feet of green space is planned on the roof. Hustvedt Cutler Architects is designing the conversion and completion is expected in the first half of 2016.
The City’s Economic Development Corporation and Housing Preservation and Development have launched a request for proposals for the vacant, 7,000 square-foot development site located at 2321-2325 Third Avenue, in East Harlem between East 126th and 127th Streets, according to DNAinfo. The site boasts 70,000 square feet of commercial development rights and is located directly adjacent to the site of a planned 115,000 square-foot proton beam therapy center. The commercial project is just a small portion of the two-block mega-development dubbed E125. The blocks bounded by East 125th through 127th Streets and Second and Third Avenues will eventually be home to 1,000 residential units, up to 700,000 square feet of commercial space and at least 30,000 square feet of community space. 800 of the residential units will rent at below-market rates.
Hotels are cropping up all over Williamsburg and Bushwick, but over the weekend, we spotted plans for a six-story hotel in a rather unusual spot – on Broadway in Bed-Stuy, next to the border with Bushwick. The 65-foot-tall building would rise at 1200 Broadway, between Lafayette Avenue and Van Buren Street.
The IFC Center, deeply in need of more space, is one step closer to an expansion. The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved plans for the movie theater at Sixth Avenue and West 3rd Street to expand to a vacant lot behind it at 14-16 Cornelia Street. That would bump IFC’s five theaters seating a total of 480 people to 11 theaters seating a total of 948 people, while also clearing out the sidewalk with added lobby space.