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270 Richards Street

New Rendering Revealed of Two-Building Office Complex Planned at 270 Richards Street, Red Hook

An overhead rendering has been revealed of the planned two-building, four-story (plus penthouse) office complex, dubbed Red Hoek Point and located at 270 Richards Street, the former site of the Revere Sugar Refinery in Red Hook. The rendering, published by Curbed NY, shows off the project’s outdoor spaces, which will include a central plaza, waterfront esplanade, and landscaped rooftop terraces. YIMBY reported on the project’s new building applications in June. The filings described an office complex encompassing 1,135,610 square feet, of which 645,103 square feet will be commercial space for offices and retail. Thor Equities, the developer, is planning a 1,112-car parking garage in the cellar, although a variance must first be obtained to build it. Ground-floor retail and restaurant space will measure 23,000 square feet. Sir Norman Foster’s London-based Foster + Partners is the design architect, while Adamson Associates Architects is serving as the executive architect. Groundbreaking is expected this fall.


99-01 Queens Boulevard

Partial Medical Office Conversion Planned at Two-Story, 57,000-Square-Foot Property, 99-01 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park

The Blumenfeld Development Group has purchased, for $31.2 million, the two-story, 56,916-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at 99-01 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, from Vornado Realty. The new owner plans to convert the property’s vacant portions into a medical facility for Mount Sinai Hospital, according to Real Estate Weekly. The hospital has already signed a lease with Blumenfeld. The property currently features retail space on the ground and cellar levels, followed by commercial-office space on the second floor. Existing tenants, which will remain in the building, include Bank of America, New York Sports Club, and DeVry College of New York. Completion of the conversion is expected in early 2017.


25-30 Columbia Heights

Development Team Acquires 11-Story Watchtower Complex at 25-30 Columbia in Brooklyn Heights, Plans Creative Office Conversion

Over the spring, a team of developers entered into contract to acquire, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the 11-story, 739,000-square-foot commercial complex known as the Watchtower, at 25-30 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn Heights. The team – now a joint venture between the Kushner Companies, CIM Group, and LIVWRK – have closed on the purchase for roughly $340 million, Commercial Observer reported. The new owners plan to convert the complex into creative office space, likely similar to how some of the same developers transformed the five-building complex now dubbed DUMBO Heights. The redevelopment is expected to begin within a year. In addition to the acquisition of 25-30 Columbia Heights, the same partnership is remains in contract to buy the vacant, block-encompassing development site at 85 Jay Street, in DUMBO.


17 Laight Street

New Owners Plan Office, Retail Conversion at Six-Story, 115,000-Square-Foot Building, 17 Laight Street, TriBeCa

Vanbarton Group is in contract to acquire the six-story, 115,000-square-foot mixed-use building, formerly home to the Tribeca Film Festival, at 13-17 Laight Street, in TriBeCa, for $90 million. The group plans to convert the building into a retail, office, and “lifestyle facility” space, the New York Post reported. Vanbarton is in the process of buying out all of the property’s existing commercial and residential tenants. The 13,867-square-foot lot also comes with 10,530 square feet of air rights, although it’s not known if an expansion is planned.

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43-01 22nd Street

New Owners Plan Partial Office Conversion at Six-Story, 225,000-Square-Foot Industrial Property, 43-01 22nd Street, Long Island City

Back in May, Olmstead Properties and Newmark Holdings entered into contract to purchase the six-story, 225,000-square-foot manufacturing building at 43-01 22nd Street, located on the corners of 43rd and 44th avenues in the heart of Long Island City. The duo have now closed on the purchase for $61 million, Commercial Observer reported. They plan to convert the structure into office space, although roughly two-thirds of the property is currently leased to Reis Studios. The vacant portions are expected to be converted soon, but it’s not known when the currently leased space will get the conversion. Upgrades to the building will include a redesigned lobby, new windows and façade elements, and new mechanical infrastructure such as elevators.


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