In the Works: 300,000-Square Foot Sam Chang Hotel, 345-353 West 38th Street

345-353 West 38th Street, seen from 39th Street, image from Google Maps

A large development site in the Garment District sold recently, in a deal brokered by Massey Knakal, according to a press release put out by the brokerage.

The block-through site, from West 38th and 39th Streets, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, has around 125 feet of frontage on the side streets, and can accommodate up to nearly 300,000 square feet of development. The contract price exceeded $112 million, working out to around $400 per buildable square foot.

Hotel developer Sam Chang, of the McSam Hotel Group, is the buyer. Reached by phone, he told YIMBY that it was too early to discuss plans, which have not yet been finalized. The property is currently leased to R/GA, an advertising agency, who won’t vacate until late 2015.

While the land’s zoning would accommodate just as much housing as commercial space, this area is one of the few parts of the city where hotels are often the highest and best use. The area south of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in particular has become a hotel hotspot, with a trio of budget hotels on West 40th Street erected by Sam Chang’s primary hotelier competitor, the Lam Group.

While we will have to wait until 2015 at the earliest for work to begin, a slew of other projects are under construction nearby, including a 13-story hotel at 308 West 40th Street, and two additional McSam developments, at 337 West 36th Street and 305 West 40th Street.

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Posted in 345-353 West 38th Street | Garment District | Hotel | Massey Knakal | New York | Sam Chang

Permits Filed: 2760 Decatur Avenue, Bedford Park, Bronx

2760 Decatur Avenue, image from Google Maps

As the real estate recovery takes hold throughout the outer boroughs, market-rate residential projects are starting to return to certain parts of the northern Bronx. During October, we’ve seen permits filed for four new buildings throughout the borough, all in the northern half.

Two of those projects were in or near Belmont – the Bronx’s Little Italy, but with a Latino and Albanian twist, and a dash of students from nearby Fordham University.

And so, it turns out, is the fifth substantial market-rate project for which permits were filed in the Bronx this month. Yesterday, an application to construct a new four-story building was filed for 2760 Decatur Avenue. The project lies in Bedford Park, but is very close to Webster Avenue and Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. The project appears to be a rental, with a bit over 31,000 square feet of residential space, divided fairly evenly over 42 apartments.

The developer is Anton Tinaj, who, like many market-rate builders throughout the borough, appears to be of Albanian descent. Shahriar Afshari is the architect, and he’s also designing a rare mid-sized market-rate project in the South Bronx, by a different Albanian developer.

The amount of parking listed on the project is a bit inconsistent, but by our reckoning, zoning requires a space for every other unit — enough room for either a 21-car garage, or a surface lot. This will inevitably drive up the cost of construction, making some projects financially unfeasible, with the resulting reduction in new supply translating into higher prices for renters.

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Permits Filed: 12-Story Long Island City Hotel/Medical Center, 5-35 47th Avenue

5-35 47th Avenue, image from Google Maps

New hotels in and around Long Island City are nothing new, but today’s Department of Buildings filings include a project with a twist on the traditional budget hotel model.

At 5-35 47th Avenue, a developer is planning a 12-story mixed-use building, on a mid-block site between Vernon Avenue and Fifth Street, just north and west of the residentially-zoned part of Long Island City.

The permit application was submitted by Sunset Park-based Shiming Tam Architect, on behalf of developer Yanghua Su. The filing calls for a 26,000-square foot structure with medical space on the first through eighth floors, and then eight hotel rooms each on the ninth through 12th levels (with, oddly enough, four hotel rooms in the “cellar”), for a total of 28 rooms.

The highest and best use of the land (picked up by the current owner in 2007) would no doubt be residential, as it’s within easy walking distance of all seven of Long Island City’s subway lines. But the zoning code does not allow housing here, nevermind that land to the south, east, and west is zoned for housing, and the land directly to the east has been used as housing for a century, despite no longer being residentially zoned. Much of the interior of the block is currently used as a surface parking lot, not space for industry.

While a medical and hotel building will be an upgrade from the current fallow state, rezoning the land for much-needed housing would make even more sense.

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YIMBY Today: Park Ave. Church Redevelopment & 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard Revealed, Renderings for 538 Union Avenue, More

1010 Park Avenue LPC Submission

1010 Park Avenue [Curbed NY]: New redevelopment plans for the building once known as the South Reformed Dutch Church, on Park Avenue and East 85th Street, have been revealed. The old cantilever is out, a new, more traditional design is in. Extell presented the Beyer Blinder Belle design to the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, which will render a decision on the project at a later date.

The Crossing, renderings via BRP Companies

The Crossing, renderings via BRP Companies

93-01 Sutphin Boulevard [DNAinfo New York]: BRP Companies have released renderings of their 25- and 14-story mixed-use development project at 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, in Downtown Jamaica. Dubbed The Crossing, the complex will contain 580 residential units and 100,000 square feet of retail space.

538 Union Avenue, rendering by Vicky Chan - Avoid Obvious/Withers Owner

538 Union Avenue, rendering by Vicky Chan – Avoid Obvious/Withers Owner

538 Union Avenue [Curbed]: A six-story and 13-unit residential building under construction at 538 Union Avenue, in Williamsburg, has received a teaser site and renderings, with sales to launch this fall. Tryad Group is developing, and completion is set for end of 2014.

785 Dekalb Avenue, image via Brownstoner

785 Dekalb Avenue, image via Brownstoner

785 Dekalb Avenue [Brownstoner]: SSJ Development has nearly topped-off at their six-story and 70-unit residential building at 785 Dekalb Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant; construction is likely to wrap in 2015, and Julien Flander is designing.

130 North 6th Street, rendering via Thor Equities

130 North 6th Street, rendering via Thor Equities

130 North 6th Street [Commercial Observer]: Thor Equities has acquired Williamsburg’s 124-134 North 6th Street for $17.8 million. Some lots are vacant, while others have existing single-story structures. Plans call for a two-story retail development spanning 10,000 square feet, and “groundbreaking is expected in the second quarter of 2015.”

461 West 126th Street [New York Daily News]: Dubbed Uptown House, an 80,000 square-foot and 40-room hotel is being redeveloped at 461 West 126th Street, in Manhattanville; Janus Properties is leading the $35-$40 million project, and completion is expected in 2016.

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DOB Digest: 15 Units for 170 West Street in Greenpoint, More

170 West Street, image from Bing Maps

BROOKLYN:

170 West Street: An LLC has been granted approval for two, six-story residential buildings — one of 10 units and 14,130 square feet, and the other of five units and 8,640 square feet — spanning the vacant lots of 170-174 West Street, in Greenpoint. Salamon Engineering is the architect of record.

1117 57th Street: Applications have been filed for two, three-story and three-unit residential buildings — each of 5,385 square feet — spanning 1117-1121 57th Street, in Borough Park. Demolition of two existing buildings began in September, and Kenneth Thomas is listed as the architect.

1056 East 9th Street: Applications have been filed for a two-story and single-family abode of nearly 3,400 square feet at 1056 East 9th Street, in Midwood; demolition of an existing two-story structure began in May.

QUEENS:

65-38 Austin Street: Applications have been filed to construct a seven-story and 59-unit residential building of 55,630 square feet, spanning the vacant lot of 65-38 Austin Street, in Rego Park. Angelo NG & Anthony NJ Architects is designing.

47-12 Broadway: An LLC has filed applications for a four-story and seven-unit residential building of nearly 5,000 square feet spanning 47-12 – 47-12A Broadway, in eastern Astoria. An existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in July, and Frank Petruso is designing.

66-27 Selfridge Street: Applications have been filed for a two-story and two-unit residential building of 3,010 square feet at 66-27 Selfridge Street, in Forest Hills; an existing two-story structure will first need to be demolished.

240-11 Maryland Road: Applications have been filed for a two-story and single-family abode of nearly 2,900 square feet at 240-11 Maryland Road, in Little Neck; an existing two-story and 1,971 square-foot structure will be incorporated into the new building.

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Revealed: ODA’s 608 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights

608 Franklin Avenue, rendering by ODA Architecture

Update: We’e since learned that the historic brewery building will be maintained and redeveloped by a separate developer, and have updated the article to reflect that.

In the past few years, real estate in Crown Heights – and especially its northeastern quadrant – has soared in popularity. Riots have given way to rapidly rising rents, and the neighborhood is hitting real estate milestones left and right. Just this year, we’ve seen a $1,000-a-foot condo on Classon Avenue, a new rental building at 341 Eastern Parkway with a Starbucks and studio rents starting in the $2,000s, and the opening of a beer hall and mini-food court called Berg’n (owned by Jonathan Butler, of Brownstoner/Smorgasborg/Brooklyn Flea fame).

And now, YIMBY’s got the first look at the next milestone for northwestern Crown Heights’s main drag, Franklin Avenue: an eight-story, 130,000-square foot apartment building designed by Eran Chen’s ODA Architecture, which will soon be rising at 608 Franklin Avenue, on the corner of Dean and Franklin.

The units appear to be rentals (120 studio through two-bedroom apartments spread over 82,000 square feet of residential space), but the quality seems to be even higher than most new condos built lately throughout Brooklyn. ODA’s signature strongly gridded, clean façade, and boxy protrusions are 608 Franklin’s most notable feature, expressed here through setbacks to form balconies. But YIMBY also appreciates the developer’s willingness to go with more efficient and less obtrusive air conditioning, rather than the standard PTACs that too many rental builders punch through the faces of their buildings.

The building will be developed by Brooklyn GC, led by Yoel Goldman. The builder is capitalizing on Franklin Avenue’s rise as a trendy commercial strip (it’s on the same block as Berg’n) by including nearly 19,000 square feet of retail space.

Old structure to be razed

Old structure, which will be maintained by a separate developer

The broader area of northwestern Crown Heights was rezoned in late 2013 to accommodate more development in parts, and restrict infill densities elsewhere. But this particular project was actually enabled by a spot rezoning a decade earlier. In 2004, a developer won a rezoning of the old Nassau Brewery (and later Heinz factory), to “facilitate the conversion from manufacturing to living/work studio space for artists.” The zoning change was granted, but that particular project was never built.

Crow Hill Development, which once owned the entire site, eventually sold two-thirds of assemblage site to Brooklyn GC, to be redeveloped into the ODA project. However, they kept the historic buildings and will be rehabilitating them into a mixed-use rental building, to be revealed at a later date.

The developer of 608 Franklin Avenue will be setting 20 percent of the units aside to be let at below-market rates. Still, the building will likely attract criticism from groups worried about gentrification, like the rising Crown Heights Tenant Union.

YIMBY is also concerned about the declining affordability of New York City, but the blame should not be heaped on developers of what little new housing still gets built. Politicians and planners are the root of the problem, and from Greenwich Village to Park Slope, these people shirk their responsibility to house New York’s wealthy newcomers in more desirable, closer-in neighborhoods, where ample infrastructure for additional density already exists.

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Construction Update: The Newly Topped-Out 432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue, photo by ILNY

When Midtown’s first two supertall 57th Street luxury towers started rising, everybody assumed that One57, with its deep blue Christian Portzamparc design, would be the more attractive structure. Many saw 432 Park, with its relentlessly spare and square look, as a leach on the skyline, sucking in all the views without giving anything back in terms of aesthetics.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

But now that One57 is complete and 432 Park Avenue has topped out at 1,397 feet amidst a minor snowstorm of carefully orchestrated PR, the consensus opinion seems to be the opposite: Extell’s One57 turned out to be a dog, and CIM and Macklowe’s 432 Park has become an icon of the skyline, visible far from Manhattan. (Let this, and the unfortunate clipping of the Jean Nouvel-designed tower above MoMA, be a lesson to those clamoring for more government regulation of the design of skyline-piercing towers.)

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

Despite topping-out, 432 Park hasn’t yet shown its finished face – the windows are still covered by protective wrap, and the mechanical floors that break up the boxes into discrete sets are still covered in netting.

However it ultimately turns out, the building will – along with 20 Fenchurch Street, in London – define Uruguyan architect Rafael Viñoly’s legacy, likely being the tallest and arguably the most prominent building of his career.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue, photo by ILNY

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Rooftop View: One Vandam

Looking east, over Soho

Though the topping-out of 432 Park Avenue has dominated headlines over the past week, several other projects are also finishing their climb, including One Vandam. And now, YIMBY has the first look at the building’s rooftop views.

Midtown View

Midtown View

One Vandam is situated off the corner of Vandam and Spring Streets, and the Soho location — where surrounds are generally quite short — offers comprehensive views. New York’s urban fabric is particularly tenable from the top floors, which stand approximately 200 feet above the streets below.

Downtown View

Downtown View

Besides topping-out, facade installation has also continued at a rapid pace, and the exterior has progressed significantly since we last checked on the project in August. Panels inset with limestone offer a classic twist to an otherwise modern aesthetic, and the mix of glass and masonry complements the project’s pre-war surrounds.

One Vandam

One Vandam

BKSK is the building’s architect, and Quinlan and Tavros are the developers. The vicinity is seeing a mini-boom in construction, and One Vandam actually looks out over the future 10 Sullivan Street, which will become Soho’s very own equivalent to the Flatiron Building. Across the street, One Hudson Square is also under construction.

Looking west, with One Hudson Square at center

Looking west, with One Hudson Square at center

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Construction Update: 15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

When we last checked in on 15 Renwick Street, a project under construction in the southwestern corner of Hudson Square, the building had nearly topped out.

In the two months since the last update, the façade and windows have started going up, and have reached the sixth floor. While the units aren’t set to be delivered until 2015, we’d bet that the face of the structure will be substantially complete by the end of the year.

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

The 11-story building was designed by Eran Chen’s ODA, and is one of the more staid permutations of the architect’s boxy style.

Chen described the design thusly in an email to YIMBY:

The façade is a tapestry of single operable windows, 8 feet by 4 feet each, framed by deep metal with wood-like trims, depicting the vernacular of the old cast iron buildings in neighborhood SoHo and Tribeca, which connects us to our past. As the building grows upwards, the windows separate and break free against the skyline, celebrating our individualism and our future.

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

The developer of the building is the Izaki Group, and they’re building 30 condos, with an average size of over 2,000 square feet.

The building is part of a broader trend towards a more residential Hudson Square, and is part of an early wave of housing enabled by a small rezoning in 2003. The tidal wave of growth is just beginning, as the rest of the neighborhood – south of the West Village, west of SoHo and north of Tribeca – was only rezoned last year.

15 Renwick Street

Friendly construction worker & facade installation in progress

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street, rendering by ODA Architecture

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Permits Filed: 19-Story Building at 1 Flatbush Avenue

1 Flatbush Avenue, before construction of 66 Rockwell Place; image from Bing Maps

In June, the New York Post’s Lois Weiss reported that a prime piece of land in downtown Brooklyn, at 1 Flatbush Avenue, where Brooklyn’s main street meets Fulton Street, had gone into contract to a team looking to redevelop it.

Now, YIMBY’s spotted the new building permit filing. It calls for a 19-story, 210-foot residential building of 160,000 square feet of total construction area, with a substantial retail component. The building would contain a bit more than 123,000 square feet of net residential space divided over 157 apartments, for a very rental-sized unit average of under 800 square feet. The developers will set aside 20 percent of its units as below-market housing in exchange for a slight density boost and tax breaks, as part of the city’s inclusionary housing program..

The nearly 20,000-square foot retail space would be divided across the first two floors. The development would sit on a triangular lot at the confluence of two major Brooklyn arteries, across the five-way intersection from where Fulton Street transitions from a car-choked thoroughfare to the Fulton Mall, reserved for buses and pedestrians and packed with shoppers patronizing the relatively downmarket shops on the strip.

The two lots are currently home to a bustling retail podium, with tenants like Golden Krust, Five Guys and H&R Block. The new building would sit right in front of 66 Rockwell Place, developed by Grosvenor Investment Management and the Dermot Company, and add some variation to the skyline in the form of a lower structure.

Goldstein Hill & West Architects filed for the new building permit. Slate Property Group is listed as the owner on the application, however the Post reported that Capstone Equities and the Carlyle Group bought the land.

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