Back in September of 2014, YIMBY brought you an update on the development site at 16 West 57th Street, along Midtown’s Billionaires’ Row, when the property was acquired for $95 million by a Brazilian investor. Last week, developer Sheldon Solow acquired the property, a five-story, 24,000-square-foot commercial building, for $128 million, The Real Deal reported. The developer also owns the adjacent properties at 10 West 57th Street, 20 West 57th Street, and 19 West 56th Street. The site assemblage now boasts 213,000 square feet of residential development rights, plus additional rights that can be put towards a commercial component. The new owner has yet to disclose plans for the site. Demolition permits were filed last year to raze 16 West 57th Street as well as the six-story office building at 19 West 56th Street.
YIMBY has covered the evolution of 281 Fifth Avenue extensively, first posting concept renderings that surfaced all the way back in 2014. Now, the full design has been posted to the site, as per the YIMBY Forums. The building is being developed by the Victor Group in joint venture with Lendlease, and it’s being designed by Rafael Vinoly. DOB records indicate it will rise 52 floors and 708 feet to its highest occupied floor, with the roof topping-out 728 feet above street level. There will be 7,927 square feet of commercial space at the base, topped by 209,417 square feet of residential space, to be divided amongst 141 condominiums. Completion is tentatively anticipated for 2018, and while the site’s old occupants have been demolished, there is currently a stop-work order in effect.
Property owners Beacon Capital Partners and MetLife (the insurance company) are planning to execute a $25 million renovate on their 35-story, 533,695-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 575 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of East 47th Street in Midtown. Planned is a redesigned lobby, new exterior and interior elements such as a building canopy, signage/advertising, and lighting, and new amenities such as a 6,000-square-foot conference center and a lounge, Real Estate Weekly reports. The 360,000-square-foot office portion already connects to the building’s three stories of retail and restaurants via an atrium. Barneys New York recently signed on to 72,000 square feet at the tower, and Westpac Banking Corporation and Northwood Investors each have leased 15,000 square feet. The building was developed in 1983.
In April, news broke that Istanbul-based Gulaylar Group entered into contract to acquire the entire 90,000-square-foot office portion of the 20-story, 115,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 685 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of East 54th Street in Midtown. The deal includes the development rights to vertically expand the building by five stories. Those air rights were made available after property owners General Growth Properties and Thor Equities repositioned the building’s three stories of retail space, which now measures 23,400 square feet and is being made into Coach’s flagship store. Now, Gulaylar has disclosed plans to convert the office portion they are buying, along with the future expansion, into a 90-key boutique hotel, The Real Deal Reports. Five hotel chains, including Oetker Collection, AccorHotels, and LVMH’s Cheval Blanc, are currently in negotiations with the developer. The building’s remaining office tenant is moving out in August. Walter Marin’s Midtown-based Marin Architects is the architect of record for the expansion.
On Friday, we brought you an update on construction of 220 Central Park South, now quickly rising over the park. However, what’s behind it will eventually eclipse it. We’re talking about 217 West 57th Street, officially known as Central Park Tower and dubbed Nordstrom Tower by YIMBY.