Renovations on a three-story, 8,856-square-foot mixed-use building are wrapping up at 61 Canal Street, located on the corner of Allen Street in Chinatown. Retail space will measure 2,143 square feet on the ground floor, followed by 6,713 square feet of community facility space on the second and third floors. Cheng Chio Buddhist Temple, also the property owner, will occupy the community space, Bowery Boogie reported. Rectories will be located on the second floor, worship space on the third, and the cellar will be utilized as a kitchen and storage space. A pagoda was also added up top. Sagnam Chang’s Brooklyn-based Basic Groups Corp. is the architect of record.
Last October, we announced a proposal for a seven-story mixed-use building at 71-66 Parsons Boulevard in eastern Queens, put forth by Bi Yuan Chen of Parsons Tower LLC. Quite a lot has been done on the 55-unit project since then, and structural completion is very close. Facade work is expected to start in the near future. Zhong Wang Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor.
A rendering has been revealed of the proposed eight-story, 49-unit mixed-use project at 5108 Fourth Avenue, located on the corner of 51st Street in Sunset Park. The rendering comes as the project was recently approved by Community Board 7 as part of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), Brooklyn Daily reported. If all approvals are granted, the new building would feature Brooklyn Public Library’s new Sunset Park branch, measuring 21,000 square feet. There would be 49 affordable rental residential units on the floors above, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms.
The first rendering has been revealed of the renovation project planned for the New York Public Library‘s Main Branch, located between West 40th and 42nd streets on Fifth Avenue. Netherlands-based firm Mecanoo and local architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle are designing the renovations, which will increase the amount of public space in the 646,680-square-foot structure by 35 percent. Specifically, back offices, the lower level, and the roof will be converted into public space. There will also be designated sections for specific age groups and professional interests. The library will close by the end of 2017 and reopen in 2020, Curbed NY reported.
RiverOak Investment Corp., Azimuth Development, and the nonprofit Women in Need are moving forward with plans to build a seven-story, 17-unit mixed-use supportive project at 316 East 91st Street, in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. All of the residential units will be two-bedrooms and they will be geared towards single mothers who are homeless, Crain’s reported.