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Mayor Proposes Transforming Governors Island Into Year-Round Mixed-Use Community

In Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech given last Thursday, a significant mixed-use development initiative was proposed that would transform Governors Island, which measures 172 acres in the Upper Bay just off the southern tip of Manhattan, into a year-round community. According to Politico New York, the car-free island has 900,000 square feet of development potential on 33 acres, and the mayor is seeking to utilize it to build cultural, educational, and commercial properties. The project will be handed over to the Trust For Governors Island and a Request for Proposals (RFP) should be launched later this year. Construction could begin as soon as 2019, although the Hills, a 10-acre man-made park designed by West 8, is slated to open this summer. The National Park Service oversees two 19th century forts (22 acres) on the island and roughly 92 acres on the historic northern end is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.


424 East 34th Street

NYU Langone’s 21-Story, 830,000 Square-Foot Hospital Expansion Rises At 424 East 34th Street, Kips Bay

In late 2013, YIMBY reported on applications for New York University Langone Medical Center’s planned Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion hospital expansion at 400-424 East 34th Street, located on the corner of the FDR Drive in Kips Bay. Now, Tectonic has photos of the structure and it’s 12 stories above street level and rising. The new hospital wing, which will connect to Tisch Hospital, will stand 21 stories in height and measure 830,000 square feet. The medical facility will feature single-bed inpatient rooms, procedural and operative rooms, conference rooms, and amenities like children’s play areas and a café. It will also share the same support services with the rest of the campus. Ennead Architects is designing and completion is expected in 2018.


438 East 12th Street

New Renderings Of Six-Story, 82-Unit Mixed-Use Project Underway At 438 East 12th Street, East Village

Last summer, excavation kicked off at 438 East 12th Street, in the East Village, where a six-story, 82-unit mixed-use building is under development by Douglas Steiner. Then in December, the developer secured a $130 million construction loan for the project. The Real Deal now reports the project has received approval from the Attorney General’s office, putting the valuation of the project’s 82 units at $215 million. When completed in 2017, the 151,943 square-foot building will have 8,376 and 961 square feet of ground-floor retail and medical offices, respectively. The units above will average 1,315 square feet apiece, and will come in one- to four-bedroom layouts. The amenities, located on the ground and cellar levels, will include a pool and spa, a gym, a library, and a children’s playroom, as well as courtyard and rooftop gardens. Perkins Eastman affiliate S9 Architecture is the designing architect and Paris Forino is designing the interiors.


1732 Hancock Street

Five-Story, 11-Unit Mixed-Use Building Filed At 1732 Hancock Street, Ridgewood

Brooklyn-based Bawabeh Brothers has filed applications for a five-story, 11-unit mixed-use building at 1732 Hancock Street, in southern Ridgewood, located seven blocks south of the Seneca Avenue stop on the M train. The entire structure will measure 24,825 square feet in total, 12,596 square feet of which will be for a dialysis center located on the ground and second stories. On the rest of the second floor and on the upper levels, there will be a total of 11 residential units averaging 931 square feet apiece. Rego Park-based Diego Aguilera Architects is the applicant of record. The 8,009 square-foot lot is currently being used for parking.


561 St. Ann's Avenue

Reveal For Three-Story, 43,500 Square-Foot Police Station At 561 St. Ann’s Avenue, Mott Haven

The city’s Department of Design and Construction tasked the Bjarke Ingels Group to design a new three-story station for New York City Police Department’s 40th Precinct, and now the Architect’s Newspaper has the project’s reveal. The new station will be located at 561-585 St. Ann’s Avenue, currently a vacant parcel on the corner of East 149th Street, in Mott Haven. The 59-foot-tall facility will measure 43,500 square feet and will feature a central indoor atrium, a green roof, and a community meeting room. The project will also include the redesign of a triangular parking lot immediately to the north. Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects is leading the site design work. Completion is expected in 2020.


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