One of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings has sat vacant at 74 Kent Street in Greenpoint for several years, after a drug bust and a failed residential conversion. Now, renovations are nearly complete at the 108-year-old building, and the owners, Caerus Group, are on the hunt for trendy tenants to fill the space.
It’s been a decade since Thor Equities demolished the iconic Revere Sugar Refinery on the Red Hook waterfront. Now, they’ve finally filed plans for a five-story office building on the huge lot at 270 Richards Street, between Van Brunt and Dwight streets.
Back in December of 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved alterations that would go into converting the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot Jarmulowsky Bank Building, an individual landmark at 54 Canal Street (a.k.a. 9 Orchard Street) in Chinatown, into a boutique hotel. Then in 2014, DLJ Real Estate Partners received approval from the LPC to reconstruct the building’s corner cupola, which was removed in 1990. Construction has since been underway on the existing building, as well as a six-story, 9,876-square-foot annex expansion at 60 Canal Street. Now, the owners are abandoning plans for a hotel and have decided to convert the interiors into office and retail space, Bowery Boogie reported. The first two floors will also host retail whiles the upper floors will be leased to office tenants. Lower East Side-based Studio Castellano Architects is the architect of record. It’s not known when the building is scheduled to open.
The monolithic, dark glass office tower at the corner of Madison Avenue and 46th Street is being stripped of its dreary facade, partially demolished, and rebuilt with new floors. The block-long structure at 380 Madison Avenue will be reborn, taller and more translucent, as 390 Madison Avenue in 2018.
The Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic of the United Nations is planning to renovate their eight-story, 35,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 1109 Madison Avenue, located on the corner of East 83rd Street, on the Upper East Side. The building, which currently houses the mission’s office space and 16 apartments, will see its interiors entirely reconfigured and upgraded, according to DNAinfo. The building’s façade, which will be preserved, will also see a restoration. Fradkin & McAlpin Architects and Czech Republic-based A69 Architekti will be responsible for the renovations. The property also contains 16,390 square feet of air rights, although it’s not known if an expansion is planned. Alteration permits have not yet been filed with the Buildings Departments, but completion is expected next year.