The first rendering has been revealed of the renovation project planned for the New York Public Library‘s Main Branch, located between West 40th and 42nd streets on Fifth Avenue. Netherlands-based firm Mecanoo and local architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle are designing the renovations, which will increase the amount of public space in the 646,680-square-foot structure by 35 percent. Specifically, back offices, the lower level, and the roof will be converted into public space. There will also be designated sections for specific age groups and professional interests. The library will close by the end of 2017 and reopen in 2020, Curbed NY reported.
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Construction has topped out on the 15-story, 211-unit mixed-use building under development, as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development, at 145 Clinton Street, on the Lower East Side. The structure can be seen in an update by Bowery Boogie. The project encompasses 283,178 square feet. There will be 73,000 square feet of commercial-retail space across the ground through second levels, followed by rental apartments on the floors above. Half of the apartments, or 105 units, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Delancey Street Associates, comprised of L+M Development Partners, Taconic Investment Partners, and BFC Partners, is the developer. Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in 2017.
Extell is wrapping up work on its part affordable housing, part-luxe condo project at 70 Charlton Street, in the area west of Soho called Hudson Square. Tectonic recently swung by the site between Varick and Hudson Streets and captured the latest progress.
Last week, YIMBY brought you a construction update on developer Extell’s new Upper East Side condominium project, The Kent. Today, we have a look inside the building, which is still more than a year away from completion.
Construction is now two stories above street level on the seven-story, 106-unit mixed-use building under development at 500 East 14th Street, on the corner of Avenue A in the East Village. The progress can be seen in a Curbed NY report. The entire project, which will include another seven-story, 54-unit component at 524 East 14th Street, will encompass 253,432 square feet, per the latest building permits. There will be 56,610 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels between the two buildings. Over the summer, Target leased 42,367 square feet of space in the larger one. The residential units will be condominiums and should average 1,215 square feet apiece. Extell Development Company is the developer and Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in 2017.