Foundations have reached street level at 18 West 55th Street, the site of a 26-story residential building in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and developed and built by Skyline Developers under the 18 West 55th Street LLC, which purchased the property for $83 million in 2017, the 289-foot-tall structure will span 152,084 square feet and yield 97 rental units with an average scope of 1,319 square feet, as well as 6,380 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a 10,343-square-foot cellar level. The development sits on a formerly vacant interior lot next to the Peninsula Hotel between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
The 28th-tallest building on our annual year-end construction countdown is 125 West 57th Street, a 26-story commercial building currently rising along Billionaires’ Row in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by FXCollaborative and developed by Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners and Cain International, the 440-foot-tall structure will yield 260,000 square feet with 185,000 square feet of Class A office space, 7,000 square feet of retail space, and an updated home for the Calvary Baptist Church, which has operated on the site since 1883 and sold the land to the developers in 2017 for $150 million. Leading Builders Group is the general contractor for the property, which is located on an interior lot between Sixth and Seventh Avenues between Christian de Portzamparc‘s One57 and SHoP Architects‘ 111 West 57th Street.
Construction is rising on 25-01 Queens Plaza North, a 26-story residential building in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Grubb Properties, which purchased the property for $63 million in 2021, the 311-foot-tall structure will yield 417 rental units with 124 reserved for affordable housing, as well as 7,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 25-01 QPN Consigli Construction is the general contractor and King Contracting Group is responsible for the brick and CMU installation for the project, which is located between Crescent and 27th Streets, directly adjacent to the elevated Queensboro Plaza station servicing the 7, N, and W trains.
At number 29 on our year-end countdown is 2-20 and 2-21 Malt Drive, a three-tower complex in the Hunters Point South master plan in Hunters Point, Queens. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by TF Cornerstone, the development consists of a 34-story, 390-foot-tall structure with 575 units at 2-20 Malt Drive and a two-tower building at 2-21 Malt Dive with a 38-story, 440-foot-tall tower and a 25-story, 310-foot-tall sibling collectively housing 811 units. The project will span 1.43 million square feet and yield nearly 1,400 total units, with 30 percent designated for affordable housing, as well as around 25,000 square feet of retail space. Scape is the landscape architect and Bud North LLC and Bud South LLC are the general contractors for 2-21 and 2-20 Malt Drive, respectively, which will rise from a subdivided plot bound by 54th Avenue to the north, Newton Creek to the south, and 2nd Street to the west.
YIMBY recently went on a tour of Terminal Warehouse at 261 Eleventh Avenue in West Chelsea, Manhattan. The original 132-year-old George Mallory-designed structure is being extensively renovated and now features a new six-story office pavilion designed by COOKFOX Architects and redeveloped by L&L Holding Company, Columbia Property Trust, and Cannon Hill Capital Partners. New Line Structures & Development is the general contractor for the 1.3-million square foot development, which will cost $2 billion-plus, stand 13 stories tall, and yield new Class A office suites, around 100,000 square feet of new outdoor green space including 29 private terraces and a central courtyard, ground-floor retail space, and multiple dining options. Cushman & Wakefield is the exclusive listing agent for both office and retail. Terminal Warehouse takes up a full city block bound by West 28th Street to the north, West 27th Street to the south, Eleventh Avenue to the east, and Hudson River to the west. Floor plates vary in size up to 160,000 square feet.