Singer Financial Corporation is finally moving forward with redeveloping the long-vacant former P.S. 64 facility at 350 East 10th Street, in the East Village, into a 225-unit student dormitory. The developer recently secured a $44 million loan for the project, dubbed University House, Commercial Observer reported. The 152,000-square-foot building, an individual landmark, will be able to accommodate 535 students for the Cooper Union and the Joffrey Ballet School. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor terraces, storage for 113 bikes, laundry facilities, a student health center, a private study, a lounge, and a café. TriBeCa-based Curtis + Ginsberg Architects is the architect of record. Redevelopment of the property, acquired in 1999 for $3.15 million, has been in legal limbo for the past few years. Exterior alterations to the building were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in June of 2013.
Cornell Tech’s 26-story, 250-unit Passive House residential building, dubbed CornellTECH Residential and being built as part of Cornell’s 10-building Roosevelt Island campus project, has now topped out and is receiving its façade. The student and faculty dormitory is roughly 70 percent complete, according to a Curbed NY report. The unit configurations range from studios to three-bedrooms, and amenities include a fitness center and a lounge/dining area with a kitchen on the 26th floor. Handel Architects is behind the design of the residential building, which is set to be the largest Passive House structure in the world.
The Berkeley Carroll School, formerly the Berkeley Institute, has been a growing presence in Park Slope, Brooklyn since the end of the 19th century. It will continue to grow, thanks to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which last Tuesday approved a rooftop addition to its campus.
Rockefeller University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus expansion is now being constructed above the FDR Drive between East 64th and 68th streets, at 1228 York Avenue on the Upper East Side. The expansion consists of a two-story academic building and two acres of green space, according to the New York Times. The new building, called the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, will encompass 152,641 square feet. It will feature laboratories, two amphitheaters, offices, conference rooms, a dining area, and outdoor terraces. The new structure will connect to the university’s existing buildings. Rafael Viñoly Architects is behind the design. Construction is being accomplished with the Chesapeake 1000, which is the “largest marine crane based on the East Coast.” Completion is expected in 2019.
In January, developer Yosef Streicher disclosed preliminary plans to redevelop the long-vacant, three-story 68th Police Precinct Station House and Stable, an individual landmark at 4302 Fourth Avenue, located on the corner of 43rd Street in Sunset Park. The plan was for some sort of community facility, a café, and roughly 10 residential units. The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has since struck a deal with the developer to transform the property into an over 300-student public school, the Brooklyn Paper reported, which means the original plans are out the window. The SCA also disclosed the possibility and likelihood that the buildings could be demolished. Since the structures are an individual landmarks, that means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve its demolition (a highly unlikely event). The city could automatically demolish the landmark if the structures are deemed hazardous.