According to The New York Times, UK-based Thomas Heatherwick’s Hudson Yards centerpiece is now under construction. A source who has seen the design described it as resembling the shape of a chalice, rising higher than the 100-foot-tall Culture Shed, which YIMBY unveiled in 2013. The sculpture does not require public review, and Related Companies and Oxford Properties are developing.
Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery wants to restore the Weir Greenhouse at 750 Fifth Avenue and connect it to a new building that would serve as a visitors center at 749-750 Fifth Avenue. While the Landmarks Preservation Commission loved the restoration idea, they weren’t ready to approve the project as presented on Tuesday.
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.
An LLC has filed applications for an eight-story, 15,150 square-foot health care facility at 2846 Stillwell Avenue, on Coney Island. Ruslan Goychayev, of RSLN Architecture, is designing the project, which will be directly across the Stillwell Ave subway stop serviced by the D, F, N and Q lines. An existing two-story structure must first be demolished.
The Criterion Group plans to purchase the two-story property assemblage at 31-08 Northern Boulevard, in northern Long Island City, for $40 million, per The Real Deal. The development site boasts 253,000 square feet of building potential, but no plans for development have been proposed. The property last traded for $3.6 million in 2004, and the latest transaction should close this month.
Earlier today, a permit application was submitted for an unusual building in Brooklyn: five stories of commercial and community facility space, with no housing. While normally rents are not high enough in the borough to…