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.
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.