RXR Realty is planning to convert the ground floor of the Starrett-Lehigh Building – a 20-story, 2.3-million square-foot office building at 601 West 26th Street, in West Chelsea – into 50,000 square feet of retail space. The building, built in 1931 and designed by Cory & Cory, is an individual landmark and sits within the West Chelsea Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the plans. According to Crain’s, new retail will span the full length of Eleventh Avenue between West 26th and 27th Streets. Verizon previously occupied the ground and second floors of the property along Eleventh Avenue but agreed to relocate within the building. An architecture firm has not been selected, although construction is tentatively expected to begin next year.
Last summer, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox signed a letter of intent to lease 1.3 million square feet in the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed 2 World Trade Center (a.k.a. 200 Greenwich Street), in the Financial District. It was never a contract that bounded the media companies to the space, and last week they decided not to make the move, Bloomberg Business reported. The two businesses will extend their leases through 2025 at their current headquarters at 1211 Sixth Avenue and 1185 Sixth Avenue, in Midtown. The fate of both Bjarke Ingels’ latest design and Norman Foster’s original design are unknown. The foundation for Foster’s tower, a 2.8-million square-foot, 80-story office building, has already been already built.
Just as the MTA considers a lengthy L train shutdown to repair flood damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Department of City Planning has kicked off the approval process for Williamsburg’s first new office building in decades. But the rezoning for the development at 25 Kent Avenue includes a policy that could shape industrial areas throughout the city. It would create a special district that allows developers to trade light manufacturing space for extra office space.
Sabey Data Center Properties is in the middle of renovating the former Verizon Building, a 32-story, 1.1-million square-foot building at 375 Pearl Street, in Lower Manhattan’s Civic Center. The building was designed by Rose, Beaton & Rose and completed in 1976. Up to 15 floors, or 500,000 square feet, are being converted into office space, dubbed Intergate.Manhattan, and the remaining area will be exclusively data center space. Three sides of the building on the new office levels will receive a glass façade. According to The Real Deal, the city’s Department of Finance is planning to lease 175,000 square feet of space located on the 26th through 30th floors. Other smaller leases have been signed over the past two years, and the renovation is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
The four-story, 24,000 square-foot commercial building at 5018-5024 4th Avenue, in Sunset Park, has been purchased by developer Congregation Imrei Yehudah for more than $7.5 million. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the new owner plans to convert the vacant building into residential units or office space. The 6,400 square-foot lot also contains 2,880 square feet of air rights, which could go towards expanding the building. It’s conveniently located three blocks north of the 53rd Street stop on the R train.