A two-story building on the Lower East side is being converted into 4,288 square feet of commercial space. Cheuk Fan Cheung, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is behind the project at 290 Grand Street, according to Bowery Boogie. The ground floor will continue to house retail space while the second floor is being rebuilt as office space. A new façade appears to be in the works, and Jianxiong Wang’s JW Engineering Consulting is the applicant of record. Completion is expected in the spring of 2016.
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Princeton Holdings’ vertical expansion of a former three-story building at 139 Ludlow Street, on the Lower East Side, has topped-out, according to Bowery Boogie. The building has gained a fourth floor and now measures 16,500 square feet, and new masonry is also currently being installed. The building will be entirely commercial, and features a rooftop terrace. Lee Levine, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, is the architect of record, and completion can probably be expected early next year.
Back in January, Houston Essex Realty Corp. acquired 9,238 square feet of air rights for a planned redevelopment of the single-story commercial building at 225 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, and now Bowery Boogie has renderings of the project. The existing structure will be expanded into a 12-story, 40-unit residential building with retail on the ground floor. The redevelopment will total roughly 41,000 square feet and is being designed by Bluarch Architecture. Permits were filed late last year to conduct interior demolition and prepare the existing building for a vertical enlargement.
Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed renderings of Magnum Real Estate Group and Real Estate Equities’ 10-story, 83-unit mixed-use building planned at 196 Orchard Street, on the Lower East Side. Now that demolition is complete on the site’s old commercial buildings, excavation work appears imminent, per Bowery Boogie. A pile driver has appeared on-site as well as other excavation equipment. Once complete, the building will also have 13,463 square feet of retail space on the ground floors, and Ismael Leyva is designing.
Last month, the United Hebrew Community, a Jewish burial society, sold the two tenements they’ve occupied for over a century at 201-203 East Broadway on the Lower East Side. Now, plans have been filed to build a seven-story modular building in their place.