Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.
It was back in December that YIMBY told you of Premiere Equities’ plans for a new commercial building at 134 Wooster Street, located between Houston and Price streets in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. Those plans went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday and were approved with very little fuss.
RJ Capital Holdings is planning to develop a five-story, 100,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at the right triangle-shaped block at 98-81 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, located four blocks from the 67th Avenue stop on the M/R trains. Commercial Observer has revealed a rendering of the project, which has not yet been filed with the Department of Buildings. The project will feature a mix of commercial uses, including medical office space and ground-floor retail. There will also be an underground parking garage. Multiple low-rise buildings will have to be demolished first, including the Ohr Natan Synagogue, whose lease expires in February of 2017, and commercial buildings at 98-69 and 98-83 Queens Boulevard and 66-02 99th Street. The developer acquired the assemblage in 2013 for $9 million.
A year ago, news broke that Jamestown, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon announced plans to infuse $1 billion to renovate and redevelopment parts of the the 16-building, six-million-square-foot industrial complex, dubbed Industry City, located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood. Crain’s now reports the developers are scrapping plans to build a 150,000-square-foot student dormitory at the 32-acre site. The complex’s proposed rezoning still includes the construction of significant retail space and two hotel buildings. Renovation work currently under way includes new windows, elevators, and interiors, and the complex is presently home to manufacturing uses and office space of a variety of sorts. The developers expect to begin the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before 2017.
Back in 2012, former property owner Harvey Stashower filed plans for a small, two-story commercial building with a caretakers apartment at 219 Park Avenue, located directly below the BQE on the southern edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Those plans never came to fruition, but now an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC filed applications for a four-story, 9,525-square-foot multi-use commercial project. The latest plans call for 5,000 square feet of warehouse and office space in addition to 4,525 square feet of medical offices. The ground floor and a mezzanine level will feature a commercial warehouse and office space, the second and third floors will contain the medical offices, and the fourth floor and a mezzanine level will contain another office unit. Rego Park-based Diego Aguilera Architects is the architect of record.