415 Madison Avenue recently completed on-site demolition for an upcoming 40-story commercial skyscraper in Midtown East. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and owned by Rudin Management under the 415 Madison Avenue LLC, the 605-foot-tall replacement will yield a total of 343,100 square feet of new office space, a 350-square-foot ground-floor retail pavilion, and a 2,400-square-foot open-air public concourse. The ground-up project is being constructed in compliance with the East Midtown sub-district regulations, alongside the use of air rights that were previously purchased from the landmarked St. Bartholomew’s Church along Park Avenue. PAL Environmental Services served as the former general contractor but now AECOM Tishman is the new general contractor for the Midtown, Manhattan property, which is located at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 48th Street.
Construction appears stalled at 255 West 34th Street, a 33-story hotel tower in Midtown, Manhattan, following a $481 million loan default by former developer The Chetrit Group late last year. Designed by Stonehill Taylor Architects, the 397-foot-tall structure was planned to yield 330 hotel rooms spread across 155,594 square feet. Flintlock Construction Services is the general contractor for the project, which is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on the southern edge of the Garment District.
Construction has topped out on 317-319 West 35th Street, a 25-story hotel building in Midtown’s Garment District. Designed by Peter Poon Architects and developed by Wei Hong Hu under the H Hotel LLC, the 249-foot-tall structure will yield 59,250 square feet with 166 hotel rooms, 3,399 square feet of commercial space, and three below-grade levels. Crosscity Construction Corporation is the general contractor for the property, which is located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Excavation is progressing at 740 Eighth Avenue, the site of a 52-story supertall hotel and observation tower in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by ODA with SLCE Architects as the architect of record and developed by Extell, the 1,067-foot-tall skyscraper will yield 776,000 square feet with 825 hotel rooms in its lower half and a public observatory with a drop ride attraction above. The unconventionally-shaped structure will also contain retail space, two upper restaurant floors, and a pool deck for guests. Lendlease is the general contractor, WSP is the structural engineer, and Ancora Engineering is handling excavation and foundations for the property, which is located on an expansive lot along Eighth Avenue between West 45th and 46th Streets on the border of Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen.
In December, SL Green announced a partnership with Roc Nation in a bid to win development rights to construct a new Caesars Palace casino and hotel at 1515 Broadway in Times Square, Manhattan. Citing concerns about congestion, economic disturbance, and social harm, a group of community associations and neighboring businesses have formed a coalition to oppose any advancement on the proposed casino.