On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate two Brooklyn sites as individual landmarks. They are the Henry and Susan McDonald House and M.H. Renken Dairy. That means their exteriors cannot be modified and demolition may not occur without the commission’s approval.
New York City’s infrastructure crisis stems from many issues, but one of the biggest problems in maintaining and expanding the city’s arteries are construction costs, which have ballooned into a stratosphere of unknown numbers and complete non-transparency on the part of city agencies. But now YIMBY has obtained data showing that salaries are up to 177% higher for unionized employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for government agencies than the prevailing wages of their respective private industry counterparts.
Racebrook Capital has begun construction of the nearly 200,000 square-foot animal transportation facility, dubbed “The Ark”, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in Queens, per the Commercial Observer. Abandoned Building 78 is being converted into the facility, and Gensler, along with other partners, is designing. The $48 million project is expected to open in late 2016.
The Fashion Institute of Technology has been granted $74 million from the de Blasio administration to build a 10-story, 100,000 square-foot complex connected to the Martin Feldmen Center on West 28th Street in Chelsea. Plans have been in the works for years, and construction is expected to kick off next year. SHoP is designing the project, reports Curbed.
New York Times reports New York City F.C. is exploring the potential to build a new mixed-sport stadium at the site of Columbia University’s existing 17,000-seat stadium at 5101 Broadway, in Inwood. The soccer club has been searching for a location for their new stadium, and the Inwood possibility could be as large as 25,000 seats costing $400 million. Plans are only in the exploratory stage.