It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed 116-unit residential project going up at 220 Central Park South. Back in February, the tower portion had risen to about 15 stories. Now, as seen in photos supplied to YIMBY by photographer Tectonic, the tower has risen past 25 stories, on its way to 70, with more of the Alabama Silver Shadow limestone cladding in place.
In August of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 42-story, 550-unit mixed-use building at 685 First Avenue, located between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill. Now, new details and renderings of the building have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. The 459-foot-tall tower will actually contain 556 residential units and measure a whopping 828,000 square feet in its entirety. Two-thirds of the units will be rental apartments while the remaining one-third will be condominiums. Amenities include an underground 110-car garage, storage for 282 bikes, laundry facilities, a pool, a fitness center, a library, and recreational and assembly rooms. There will also be 10,088 square feet of ground-floor retail. Richard Meier & Partners Architects is behind the design, and Sheldon Solow is the developer. Excavation is reportedly underway, and completion is expected in 2018.
Great Neck-based Mayflower Business Group has acquired the two five-story tenement buildings at 317-319 West 35th Street, in the Garment District section of Midtown, for $28 million. The new owner is planning to demolish the existing buildings and construct a new building, according to The Real Deal. The 4,937-square-foot site could accommodate 49,370 square feet of development rights, although Mayflower has the option to purchase an additional 10,000 square feet of air rights from the city. A residential building, a hotel, an office building, or a mixed-use project could be built at the site. Demolition permits were filed in March. Combined, the buildings contain 24 rental apartments and four commercial-retail units.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update in December, when foundation work was underway, on the 62-story, 426-unit mixed-use tower planned at 242 West 53rd Street (a.k.a. 239 West 52nd Street), in Midtown between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. Since then, foundation work has largely wrapped up, as seen in photos by Vertical Gotham via the YIMBY Forums, which means construction can now proceed skyward. Residential units in the 542,276-square-foot, 675-foot-tall tower should average 1,024 square feet apiece. There will also be 16,514 square feet of ground floor retail space. Amenities will include a 90-car parking garage, storage space for 247 bikes, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a golf simulator, and a private entertainment area. There will also be outdoor terraces on the second, third, and 61st floors. Algin Management is the developer, while CetraRuddy is behind the design of the exteriors and interiors.
Late last year, news broke that E&M Associates and Eiran Gazit were planning to build a 49,000-square-foot Times Square tourist attraction in part of the 12-story former New York Times Building, an individual landmark at 229 West 43rd Street and 216 West 44th Street (the north building is not landmarked), in Midtown. Now, the team has filed plans with the Department of Buildings for the project, dubbed Gulliver’s Gate, The Real Deal reports. The ground floor portion will include the reception and ticketing areas, as well as a gift shop, while the second will host the main exhibit. The project is expected to begin the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) shortly. It also requites exterior alterations to the 43rd Street side, which will need to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Last November, the team signed a 15-year lease for part of the ground floor and the entire second floor of the building. Kushner Companies acquired the retail portion of the property, which also contains office space, in early 2015 for $296 million. If all goes as planned, completion can be expected in 2017. Stanley Wong’s SP WONG Architect is the architect of record.