Now that exterior work has completed on 50 West Street – the 64-story, 191-unit mixed-use tower dubbed simply “50 West” under development in the Financial District – crews are now focused on building a 6,800-square-foot public plaza around the base of the building and a pedestrian bridge over West Street (a.k.a. the West Side Highway). Renderings of the spaces have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. The 24-hour plaza will feature an art gallery, a café, vegetation, and seating. The pedestrian bridge, dubbed the West Thames Street Bridge, will feed directly into the plaza. It will boast steel structural supports and a glass roof and walls. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is building the new pedestrian bridge, which will replace the Rector Street bridge located a block northward. Demolition of the Rector Street bridge and construction of the new one is expected to last two years.
Property owner Vanbarton Group is currently renovating the 16-story, 135,533-square-foot commercial-office building at 45 West 45th Street, in the heart of Midtown. Progress on the work being done on the interior can be see in a Commercial Observer report. The property, which was last renovated in the 1980s, will see its lobby redesigned with increased lighting and new finishes, and it will receive façade restoration. The office floors above are getting their dividing walls demolished, modernizing and enhancing the flow of the floor plates. Significant repairs are also being done to fix the floors and ceilings, which were revealed to be crumbling. Mechanical equipment, like elevators, is being replaced with new appliances. Probably the most exciting upgrade is an outdoor roof deck and lounge. A restaurant is also planned to occupy as much as 16,346 square feet of space on the ground, mezzanine, and lower levels. The work is being done in three phases, with the last expected to be complete by spring of 2017. Spivack Architects is the architect of record.
The first few glass panels have been installed on the lower levels of what will be the 90-story, 2.6-million-square-foot office tower known as 30 Hudson Yards, being built on the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 33rd Street. The structure appears to have also gained a story or two since YIMBY’s update earlier this month. The progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user Robert Walpole. As previously reported, the tower will eventually top out at 1296 feet, 11 inches. The entirety of the building’s office space has already been reserved for tenants, including Time Warner Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, KKR, Related Companies, and Oxford Properties Group. The last two are the project’s developers. Kohn Pedersen Fox is the design architect. Completion is expected in 2019.
Madison Realty Capital has acquired the 10-story, 130,000-square-foot industrial building at 341 39th Street and the neighboring seven-story, 30,000-square-foot industrial property at 353 39th Street, in southern Greenwood Heights (on the border of Sunset Park), with plans to convert the structures into modern office and manufacturing space. The properties traded for $37.5 million, Crain’s reports. The currently vacant buildings would get new lobbies, windows, mechanical equipment such as elevators, amenities, and outdoor space (presumably on the roof). Between the buildings, the floor plates will range from 4,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet. The 36th Street stop on the D, N, and R trains is three blocks to the north. The duo was placed on the market last year with an asking price of nearly $50 million.
A rendering has been revealed of Tishman Speyer’s planned two-tower, 1.1-million-square-foot office complex at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (a.k.a. 28-10 Queens Plaza South), in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The towers – dubbed One and Three Gotham Center – will stand 27 stories, or 396 feet, in height. As YIMBY reported in June, new building applications indicate a common four-story base will include roughly 30,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a food hall, and a parking garage for cars and bikes. The rendering also depicts an outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 800,000 square feet of office space in the complex has already been pre-leased. One tenant includes WeWork, which is set to take 250,000 square feet. Another is Bloomingdale’s, which has reserved 550,000 square feet of office space, Crain’s reported. Doha-based Qatari Diar is co-developing the project, while Financial District-based MdeAS Architects is designing. Excavation is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion scheduled for 2019. One and Three Gotham Center will join the 22-story, 700,000-square-foot Two Gotham Center located immediately to the north. Tishman Speyer developed that in 2011.