Handel Architects

Construction Wrapping on First 53-Story, 538-Unit Journal Squared Tower, 605 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City

Kushner Real Estate Group’s 53-story, 538-unit mixed-use building at 605 Pavonia Avenue, in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, is now fully clad. The tower’s construction crane has been removed, as seen in a photo posted on Instagram by the owners via the YIMBY Forums. The rental tower contains a very large parking garage as well as retail space. It’s the first of three towers in the Journal Squared mega-development, which includes additional 60- and 70-story sibling towers. The entire development will boast 1,838 residential units and 36,000 square feet of retail space. As for this first completed tower, which topped out in December of 2015, occupancy is expected by the end of this year. HWKN and Handel Architects are responsible for the design. The complex will be located a stone’s throw away from the neighborhood’s PATH station.


12 East 48th Street

31-Story, 161-Key Hotel Filed at 12 East 48th Street, Midtown

Back in 2014, Hidrock Realty Inc. acquired, for $47 million, the collection of five- and six-story commercial buildings at 12-14 East 48th Street and 13 East 47th Street, in Midtown, located between Fifth and Madison avenues. At the time, the developer planned to construct a residential tower, but new building applications have now been filed for a 31-story, 161-key hotel. The building will measure 115,924 square feet in its entirety and will contain ground-floor retail space. The hotel rooms will be located on the third through 29th floors, and guest amenities are to include a courtyard on the ground floor, a fitness center, a lounge with a pantry, storage for bikes, and a terrace on the second floor. Financial District-based Handel Architects is the architect of record. The permit indicates the seven-story commercial building at 16 East 48th Street is also part of the development assemblage. Demolition permits are currently on file for the buildings at 12-14 East 48th Street and 13 East 47th Street.


300 Livingston Street

25-Story, 714-Unit Mixed-Use Project Rises Above Street Level at 300 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Back in April, new details were revealed of the 25-story, 714-unit mixed-use building under development at 300 Livingston Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, the project has risen above street level, as seen in photos by Tectonic, which were taken a back in May. As previously reported, the building will eventually encompass 734,312 square feet. It will feature 55,000 square feet of retail on the ground and cellar levels, followed by residential space beginning on the second floor. The apartments should average 790 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments, and 143 of them (20 percent) will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a 128-car underground parking garage, laundry facilities, a yoga room, storage for 357 bikes, a pet grooming room, an outdoor terrace on the second floor (likely a courtyard), and a children’s playroom. TF Cornerstone is the developer, while Handel Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017.


Site Prep Underway for 15-Story, 323-Unit Residential Complex at 241 West 28th Street, Chelsea

The ubiquitous forest green fence, a herald of impending construction, has gone up around a mid-block parking lot in Chelsea, at 241 West 28th Street. The 29,326-square-foot, 150-foot-wide lot, which stretches between West 28th and West 29th streets, and will accommodate twin 15-story, 165-foot-tall buildings, each one aligned along its respective street. The 314,013-square-foot complex is set to feature a 6,094-square-foot commercial component topped by 252,191 square feet of apartments. Given its 323-unit count, each apartment would average 781 square feet. The project is being developed by Edison Properties, with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the general contractor.

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27-Story Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive Rises One-Third of the Way to Its Final Height

Watermark Court Square, the 27-story luxury rental building at 27-19 44th Drive in Long Island City, has risen past its tenth floor, about a third of the way to its final 282-foot height. The LEED-certified building is developed by Twining Properties, with The Ashforth Company as an investment partner. TG Nickel & Associates is the general contractor for the project, which Handel Architects designed as a slender stack of floor-to-ceiling windows set within a grid of grey and dark brown brick. Completion is expected in 2017.

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