The 36-story, 615,850-square-foot office building at 65 East 55th Street, in Midtown, is currently receiving a $25 million renovation now that a majority of the tower is in between commercial leases. Construction on the first phase of renovations began earlier this year and includes a redesigned 41-foot-tall lobby and upgraded elevators, according to Commercial Observer. Once tenants vacate additional areas of the building this summer, work will begin on 20,000 square feet of amenities. Dubbed The Club, it will feature a fitness center, a recreational lounge, a bistro, and a conference center. A new outdoor plaza, with seating, vegetation, a sculpture, and a restaurant/bar, is also being constructed. Once completed, hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space will hit the market. Landlord Equity Office, a branch of Blackstone Group, acquired the 1985-built building in 2014 for $750 million.
After a decade of delays, Triangle Equities finally landed financing and broke ground last month on Lighthouse Point, a sprawling mixed-use project next to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. Now, YIMBY has new images of the residential, retail, and office complex under construction on the North Shore.
A combination of zoning and landmarking makes it tough to build office buildings in the Meatpacking District. Despite the hurdles, 860 Washington Street has taken shape at the corner of West 13th Street. YIMBY reader Tectonic recently stopped by the site, and today we have a look at the construction progress.
In February, Related Companies and GreenOak Real Estate purchased the seven-story, 168,000-square-foot industrial building at 21-09 Borden Avenue, in southern Long Island City, for $62.5 million. The Real Deal now reports the developers have secured a total of $60.8 million in loans, some of which will be used to convert the property into an office building. The two developers also purchased the Paragon Building – a six-story, 108,000-square-foot former industrial building at 21-00 49th Avenue, in southern Long Island City – for roughly $47.5 million. The property is located two blocks to the north and is also expected to be converted into office space. An architect and targeted completion dates have not been disclosed.
Early last year, the Newark City Council approved plans to build a 2.5-acre park in the city’s downtown. It would connect Prudential Center to the Ironbound’s Peter Francisco Park by bridging over Newark Penn Station, but it would also serve as the centerpiece of a multi-building mixed-use development of the surrounding vacant blocks. Last week, the city of Newark struck a deal with Edison Properties and J&L Parking Corporation to development the buildings, Newark Patch reports. Details on the new buildings are sparse, but there will be a significant number of residential units, retail space, and possible office space. Construction is expected to commence later this year and completion is tentatively set for July of 2018. The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation will head the construction of the park, being designed by MKW + Associates.