Last summer, news broke that Tishman Speyer was in contract to buy the development assemblage at 434-444 Eleventh Avenue and 550 West 37th Street, located between West 36th and 37th streets, in the Hudson Yards District. Real Estate Weekly reports the developer has closed on the purchase of 434-444 Eleventh for $163.5 million. 550 West 37th Street sold in a different transaction at an undisclosed price. Plans for the site call for a 1.3-million square-foot office tower. The exact height of the building is probably still being hammered out and the design architect is currently unknown. Ultimately, the site could accommodate up to 1.7 million square feet of development if the maximum number of air rights are purchased. The site is vacant, with the exception of a single-story commercial property at 550 West 37th Street. The two single-story buildings at 446-552 Eleventh Avenue are not (yet) part of Speyer’s assemblage.
During the summer of 2015, Kushner Companies and CIM Group filed plans with the Department of City Planning to convert the 26-story, 466,000-square-foot office building at 2 Rector Street, in the Financial District, into 452 rental apartments. The developers are now abandoning those plans and are in contract to sell the office building to Cove Property Group for roughly $225 million, according to the New York Post. The sale comes three years after Kushner and CIM acquired the property for $140 million. The new owners plan to continue leasing the property to commercial tenants. It was 84 percent occupied in 2015, by multiple tenants.
A 150-year-old landmarked warehouse at 80 White Street in Chinatown is about to become offices, retail, and one apartment.
Alteration plans were filed with the Department of Buildings yesterday to convert the six-story loft building between Broadway and Lafayette Street. Construction tool manufacturing company General Tools has occupied the building for decades, and the firm’s former chairman, Gerald Weinstein, has owned the property for at least 40 years. Tax photos from the ’70s show the firm’s name emblazoned above the cast iron columns on the ground floor.
Tishman Speyer is now working to develop two more office towers on the same block as Two Gotham Center, the 22-story office building the developer built in 2011 at 42-09 28th Street, in Long Island City’s Queens Plaza section. According to The Real Deal, one of the buildings, dubbed One Gotham Center, will be a 29-story, 583,000-square-foot property with 20,000 square feet of retail space. It will include 200 parking spaces. Last year, WeWork signed a lease for 200,000 square feet of space in it. The second building, dubbed Three Gotham Center, will be a 30-story, 515,000-square-foot property with 11,000 square feet of retail space. WeWork has already leased 258,000 square feet of space in Three Gotham Center, according to EB-5 documents. The developer hopes to accumulate $145 million in financing from the EB-5 program. A targeted completion date has not given.
Property owner Wai Li has filed applications for a four-story, 7,810-square-foot commercial building at 131-34 41st Avenue, in Downtown Flushing, located six blocks from the Main Street stop on the 7 train. The new building will boast 7,360 square feet of commercial space and will have warehouse space on the ground floor, office space on the second and third floors, and a “caretaker apartment” on the fourth floor. Flushing-based John C. Chen Architect PLLC. is the architect of record. The project would rise on a 45-foot-wide lot which is currently occupied by a two-story auto shop business. Demolition permits have not been filed yet to knock it down.