Back in November of 2015, the two-story building at 290 Grand Street, on the Lower East Side, was being converted into 4,288 square feet of commercial space by its owner Cheuk Fan Cheung. Bowery Boogie now reports that construction has finished and scaffolding is being removed from the structure. The building is practically unrecognizable, as a completely new façade was installed as well as future storefronts and windows. The commercial space will be split between retail and office space. There will be three ground-floor retail units, and the second floor and cellar spaces will be leased to non-medical office tenants. Jianxiong Wang’s JW Engineering Consulting is the applicant of record. Opening will likely happen soon.
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Back in 2013, the city’s School Construction Authority announced plans to renovate the exterior of the six-story, 102-foot-tall Seward Park High School, located at 350 Grand Street, on the Lower East Side. Since then the structure has been shrouded in scaffolding, and the façade is finally being revealed, Bowery Boogie reports. Upgrades include new windows, new parapets, and rooftop installations, and it appears much of the brick has been restored and cleaned. The building never closed, and work was done only after school hours and on the weekends. The rest of the scaffolding is expected to be removed imminently.
Developers Omnia Group and North Wind Group are working to transform the 10-story, 55,000-square-foot former Salvation Army shelter at 225 Bowery, on the Lower East Side, into a 14-story, 200-key Ace Hotel. Bowery Boogie now has renderings of the project, which would expand the building by four stories. The expansion comes at the expense of a three-story, 8,300-square-foot structure at 223 Bowery, which was demolished this past January. Once the property is redeveloped, the ground floor will host the hotel lobby, a 130-seat restaurant, and retail space. There will also be a bar on the 11th floor, along with a roof terrace and a gym. HAKS is designing and is serving as the architect of record. The building was purchased for a little more than $30 million back in 2014.
In November of 2014, the former 206-bed nursing home for AIDS patients (dubbed Rivington House) located at 45 Rivington Street, on the Lower East Side, closed its operations. Last year, there were reports that The Allure Group would turn the five-story, 150,000-square-foot building into a nursing home that would be available to all seniors, but now a team of developers has acquired the property for $116 million, according to The Real Deal. The team includes the U.S. branch of China Vanke Co., Slate Property Group, and Adam America Real Estate, and they plan to convert the building into roughly 100 condominium units. A completion date has not been disclosed.
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.