Last July, Georgetown Company and Bill Ackman closed on the eight-story, 464,000 square-foot commercial building at 787 Eleventh Avenue, between West 54th and 55th streets in Hell’s Kitchen, for roughly $250 million. Now the property’s new owners have filed applications to expand the building by two stories or an additional 19,784 square feet. The roof will be raised by 60 feet (to 160 feet) and the latest filings indicate there will be 400,144 square feet of designated commercial space. The ground floor will contain retail space and automobile dealerships, floors two through five will contain automobile shops and services, and floors six through 10 will be office space. Per Curbed, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management will be occupying the office space. Rafael Viñoly Architects is designing the project.
In September of 2015, the Empire State Development Corp. began the eminent domain process to acquire 590 Atlantic Avenue, located across from Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the Pacific Park mega-development. A partnership between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings would develop the property, currently home to two low-rise retail buildings. Right now, the site boasts 440,000 square feet of development rights, but the developers are proposing the idea to transfer 1.1 million square feet of air rights in order to build a 1.5-million-square-foot office building. According to Crain’s, the air rights transfer would have to be approved by a state review process via the Empire State Development Corp. The air rights transfer would preserve public plaza space.
Savanna and Hong Kong-based Atom Assets have acquired the nine-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 106 West 56th Street, in Midtown between Sixth and Seventh avenues, for an undisclosed amount. Crain’s reports the developers are planning to build a 26-story, 90,000 square-foot boutique office building. Zoning allows for the project to have up to 75,315 square feet of commercial space, and the building’s office floors will range from 5,000 to 2,000 square feet each. Perkins Eastman will be responsible for the design. The property’s current tenant has a year to vacate from the site, although demolition permits were already filed this past January to raze the building. Completion is tentatively expected in 2019.
Brooklyn-based David Ogorek has filed applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 2213 65th Street, in Mapleton, located a block from the Bay Parkway stop on the N train. The project will encompass 16,033 square feet and will include 2,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor for retail and offices. Residential units will begin on the second floor and should average a relatively spacious 1,000 square feet apiece. Manuel Pereiras’ Union City, New Jersey-based Pereiras Architects Ubiquitous is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide site is currently home to a single-story restaurant.
The city has announced it will open two business hubs totaling 100,000 square feet this summer as part of its UrbanTech NYC program, according to Crain’s. One of them will be a 50,000 square-foot building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, dubbed New Lab. The facility, which is currently being renovated, will offer affordable commercial rents to companies in search of office and/or manufacturing space. The other 50,000 square-foot location is at Grand Central Terminal, and companies will have to apply and then be selected to lease space. Macro Sea is developing – and designing in-house – the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s facility, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is behind the initiative.