The Resorts World Casino is proposing to expand their two-story, 330,000-square-foot building — located on the grounds of the Aqueduct Racetrack at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, in South Ozone Park, Queens — by roughy 420,000 square feet. The expansion would include an additional 1,000 video lottery terminals, a 400-key hotel, a 20,000-square-foot spa & resort, and at least 140,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, the Wall Street Journal reported. The expansion would be built immeadiately west of the existing casino, where a parking lot is currently located. The proposal would also leave room for the expanded facility to be further expanded with even more retail and casino spaces. The plans must be approved by the Franchise Oversight Board and the New York State Gaming Commission. With proper approvals, completion is expected in early 2019. The casino is connected to the A train’s Aqueduct Racetrack stop via a pedestrian bridge.
Construction has topped out on the 12-story, 178,958-square-foot medical facility-office building under development at 620 Fulton Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, as seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. The project is being built by the New York Hotel Trades & Hotel Association of New York City Employee Benefit Fund, which is an organization that provides medical and social services to hotel union workers. It will serve as their Brooklyn branch. Health care facilities, totaling 65,000 square feet, will be located on the ground through fifth floors, followed by 70,000 square feet of office space on the sixth through 11th floors. There will also be 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a restaurant. TriBeCa-based Francis Cauffman is behind the design. Façade installation has not yet begun, although completion is expected before 2017.
Zhen Wei Guo has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 750 52nd Street, in Sunset Park. The project will measure 3,985 square feet and will include 1,239 square feet of medical offices on the ground and cellar levels. On the floors above, there will be one residential unit on the second floor, followed by another unit across the third and fourth floors. The units should average a spacious 1,373 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized apartments. Ying H. Li’s Brooklyn-based City Building NY Architect is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,003-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not been filed. The site is located four blocks from the 53rd Street stop on the R train.
Construction is now two stories above street level at 15 Lafayette Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn, where a 12-story, 123-unit mixed-use building is under development. The progress on construction can bee seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. The structure will eventually measure 120,093 square feet. There will be 21,000 square feet of cultural community space across parts of the cellar through second floors, with both the Center for Fiction and the Mark Morris Dance Group as tenants. The residential units, which will be rental apartments and begin on the third floor, should average 678 square feet apiece. Forty-nine of the apartments (40 percent) will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include laundry facilities, storage for 62 bikes, two tenant lounges, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. The ground floor will also feature 2,622 square feet of retail space. Jonathan Rose Companies is the developer, while Dattner Architects is behind the design. Crews broke ground on the project in September of 2015, and completion can likely be expected in 2017.
Last week, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) launched a request for proposals (RFP) for a development team to build a 300-mixed-income-unit, mixed-use tower on the grounds of the Holmes Towers public housing complex, at 1780 First Avenue in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. Holmes Towers – the only public housing on the UES – is the two-building, 25-story complex with 540 rental apartments located on the corner of First Avenue. Requirements for the RFP include incorporating at least 5,000 square feet of space for a community center, replacing the playground that the new tower will be built on (which is located mid-block), and adding trees and landscaping to the property, DNAinfo reported. The new tower will likely designate 50 percent of its apartments as affordable housing, while the rest will rent at market rates. Proposals are due September 30, the same time proposals are due for the 500-mixed-income-unit addition to the Wychoff Gardens housing complex in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.