Empire State Development

550 West 20th Street

Architect Selected for Mixed-Use Conversion of Former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, West Chelsea

Deborah Berke Partners has been selected, through a competition, to design the mixed-use conversion of the eight-story, 100,000-square-foot former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, on the corner of the West Side Highway in West Chelsea. The competition included over 43 entrants, Curbed NY reported. Last October, Empire State Development (ESD) awarded NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group a 99-year lease of the property, to transform it into community facility and commercial space. Dubbed the Women’s Building, it will house a women’s rights organization, community space, an art gallery, and a restaurant. A construction timeline has not been released. The facility was evacuated in preparation of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Inmates were never transported back to the location due to storm damage and budgetary constraints.


Kingsbridge Armory

Delay In State Financing Holds Up Kingsbridge Armory’s Conversion Into Sports Complex, Kingsbridge Heights

Back in October of 2014, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, led by Kevin Parker and Mark Messier, signed a 99-year lease with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to convert the vacant Kingsbridge Armory, at 29 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, into an ice sports facility. As planned, the 750,000-square-foot building, an individual landmark, will be converted to accommodate nine ice rinks, one of which will be a 5,000-seat arena, and 50,000 square feet of community facility space. Politico New York now reports the NYCEDC has extended the deadline by a month for the developer to obtain $158 million in construction financing, at which point it would turn over the lease to the developer to begin construction.


674 Atlantic Avenue

Pacific Park Developers Consider Building Office Space At 674 Atlantic Avenue, Prospect Heights

Earlier this month, the developers behind the Pacific Park mega-development in Prospect Park – a partnership between Greenland Holdings and Forest City Ratner – proposed the idea of transferring 1.1 million square feet of development rights to 590 Atlantic Avenue in order to build a massive office tower. Now, another site is under consideration for an office development, according to DNAinfo. It’s the site at the southwestern corner of Atlantic and Sixth avenues – 674 Atlantic Avenue, or 2 Sixth Avenue. A 764-unit, mixed-income residential building, with a mix of rentals and condos along with retail space, has long been approved for the site. Now the developers are seeking to transfer commercial development rights to the location so a second office building could be built. The Empire State Development Corporation would have to approve the transfer of air rights. The change in plans also requires an environmental study, and the affordable residential units that were expected at the site would be built elsewhere.


590 Atlantic Avenue

1.5-Million Square-Foot Office Building Could Be Built At 590 Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

In September of 2015, the Empire State Development Corp. began the eminent domain process to acquire 590 Atlantic Avenue, located across from Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the Pacific Park mega-development. A partnership between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings would develop the property, currently home to two low-rise retail buildings. Right now, the site boasts 440,000 square feet of development rights, but the developers are proposing the idea to transfer 1.1 million square feet of air rights in order to build a 1.5-million-square-foot office building. According to Crain’s, the air rights transfer would have to be approved by a state review process via the Empire State Development Corp. The air rights transfer would preserve public plaza space.


550 West 20th Street

Reveal For Conversion Of Eight-Story Correctional Facility At 550 West 20th Street, West Chelsea

Back in February of 2014, a number of developers toured the former Bayview Correctional Facility, an eight-story, 100,000 square-foot complex, at 550 West 20th Street, in West Chelsea, after the city issued a request for proposals just months earlier. Now, Empire State Development has awarded NoVo Foundation a 99-year lease to redevelop the property, according to Commercial Observer. NoVo Foundations and the Goren Group plan to transform the building into the Women’s Building, which will house a women’s rights organization. The project will include community space, art installations, and a restaurant.


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