Last month, Savanna paid $96 million for air rights and a piece of the Jewish Theological Seminary at 3080 Broadway, in Morningside Heights between West 122nd and 123rd streets. The developer has since secured $34.6 million to finance the acquisition, Commercial Observer reports. The Seminary will use the funds to renovate its campus, to build a performing arts center, and to build a new dormitory with an expansive library. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will be designing the Seminary’s half of the project. As for Savanna’s piece of the project, a low-rise piece of the Seminary on West 122nd Street will be demolished and replaced by a 250,000-square-foot residential tower, to be designed by Beyer Blinder Belle. No targeted completion dates have been disclosed.
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In November, the 28-story, mixed-use building under development at 215 Chrystie Street, on the Lower East Side, was at the 16th floor, and now Bowery Boogie reports the tower has topped out. The 245,264-square-foot structure stands 314 feet above the street level and will include hotel and residential portions. The building’s lower portion will sport a 370-key Public Hotel, with retail and restaurant space located on the ground floor. The upper portion will feature 11 condominium units, each averaging a spacious 3,035 square feet. Ian Schrager and Witkoff are the developers with Herzog & de Meuron as the design architect and Handel Architects is the architect of record. Completion is expected later this year.
Daniel Brodsky is planning to build a 180,000 square-foot addition to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between East 80th and 84th streets on the Upper East Side. According to the New York Post, the expansion would include a Southwest Wing to showcase modern and contemporary art, and possibly additional galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas exhibits. The expansion will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects and won’t rise taller than the existing two-million-square-foot art museum. Plans will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the structure is an individual landmark (with additional interior landmarked spaces; it’s also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places). Brodsky recently completed the museum’s $65 million David H. Koch Plaza, which runs along Fifth Avenue in front of the building.
Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty is planning to open their newly renovated, 221-key boutique hotel at 11 Howard Street, in SoHo, this March. According to the Wall Street Journal, the developer has partnered with several nonprofit groups, including Global Poverty Project and Conscious Commerce, and will give away a percentage of revenue earned from each booking to the charities. The 14-story building will also have a restaurant on the ground floor headed by French chef Stephen Starr. Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect of record, and Walter Radtke’s MGA Architecture headed the design of the restaurant, per filings.
YIMBY detailed in November of 2014 the initial Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) hearing on the residential conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Company building at 346 Broadway (a.k.a. 108 Leonard Street), in Tribeca. The 13-story, 427,000 square-foot building is an individual and interior landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A month after the hearing, the LPC approved the changes that would including making the structure’s clock tower part of a penthouse and for the clock to run electronically, the WSJ reported. Last week, according to Commercial Observer, the Peebles Organization and Elad Group landed a $334 million construction loan for the project, which would convert the former office building into 151 condominium units. Additionally, a community facility and retail space will measure 7,210 and 2,200 square feet, respectively. Beyer Blinder Belle is designing the conversion.