City agencies have kicked off construction on a 21-story “tech hub” at 124 East 14th Street in Manhattan, just east of Union Square. Known officially as the Union Square Tech Training Center, the project is poised to accelerate the diversification of New York City’s technology sector through the provision of education facilities, vocational training, and on-site resources for local start-ups.
124 East 14th Street
Full demolition permits have been filed for 114 East 14th Street, the former retail space of P.C. Richard & Sons, also known as 124 East 14th Street. The appliance shop closed their two-story, 20,000-square-foot location last winter. In November of 2018, we reported the city’s Economic Development Corp. has been soliciting proposals to redevelop the site into new office space for up and coming business tenants in creative and tech industries in the neighborhood, and had since filed new construction permits for a 22-floor commercial building.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation has selected RAL Development Services to develop a high-tech office building at 124 East 14th Street, near Union Square. Civic Hall, an organization that describes itself as a “collaborative innovation center,” will anchor the new building, Politico reported. It’s unclear whether the project will include other uses. The 15,450-square-foot site, occupied by a vacant, two-story commercial building, can accommodate up to 92,700 square feet of commercial space. An additional 46,350 square feet of space could be built as residential or community facility space. Demolition permits have not been filed.
The city’s Economic Development Corporation has requested proposals to develop the property at 124 East 14th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Union Square, according to Crain’s. Currently, a two-story commercial building housing a P.C. Richard & Son appliance store occupies the property. The site, however, boasts the potential for 140,000 square feet of residential development or 93,000 square feet of commercial development rights. The city is aiming to have an office building constructed, but the project could end up being residential or mixed-use. Existing retail leases in the building expire in February of next year, the same time proposals are due.