Manhattan’s iconic MetLife Building will soon undergo a major renovation of ground floor lobby areas, including the reinstatement of a long-shuttered connection to Grand Central Terminal. Tishman Speyer, the building’s current owner, has commissioned MdeAs Architect to reimagine the space.
Construction has been slow-moving this year for the JACX development in Long Island City, Queens. Two 26-story towers are rising at 28-07 Jackson Avenue and 28-10 Queens Plaza South, and the pair will yield new office space marketed toward the technology sector. Images for the site reveal construction has risen as high as the twelfth floor, an increase of eight floors since January. Tishman Speyer and Qatari Diar are responsible for the development.
As three residential skyscrapers begin their ascent skyward at 28-10 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City, renderings for them have finally surfaced per the Wall Street Journal. The towers will stand 43, 45, and 53 stories, respectively, and will together encompass an enormous 1,687,776 square feet. There will be 1,900 residential units and 13,807 square feet of ground-floor retail space. In addition to a slew of amenities, the complex will sport a private 2.5-acre park in the center. Goldstein, Hill, & West Architects is behind the design. Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust are the developers.
A rendering has been revealed of Tishman Speyer’s planned two-tower, 1.1-million-square-foot office complex at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (a.k.a. 28-10 Queens Plaza South), in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The towers – dubbed One and Three Gotham Center – will stand 27 stories, or 396 feet, in height. As YIMBY reported in June, new building applications indicate a common four-story base will include roughly 30,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a food hall, and a parking garage for cars and bikes. The rendering also depicts an outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 800,000 square feet of office space in the complex has already been pre-leased. One tenant includes WeWork, which is set to take 250,000 square feet. Another is Bloomingdale’s, which has reserved 550,000 square feet of office space, Crain’s reported. Doha-based Qatari Diar is co-developing the project, while Financial District-based MdeAS Architects is designing. Excavation is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion scheduled for 2019. One and Three Gotham Center will join the 22-story, 700,000-square-foot Two Gotham Center located immediately to the north. Tishman Speyer developed that in 2011.
In May of 2015, YIMBY reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved RFR Realty’s planned commercial restoration of the landmarked Germania Bank Building, a six-story, 36,000-square-foot building at 190 Bowery, in NoLIta. Bowery Boogie now reports the restoration is well underway and crews have replaced the property’s windows. A new entrance is also being installed on the ground level and other alterations are now taking place. The building will eventually have a ground-floor retail space and the upper five floors will be leased as office space. Higgins Quasebarth & Partners and MdeAS Architects are behind the restoration design. Completion can probably be expected later this year.