Early in 2015, the Jersey City Planning Board approved plans for two 15-story mixed-use buildings at 193 and 213 Van Vorst Street, in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City. Now, HFF has secured for the developers, Global Real Assets and Fields Development Group, $63.5 million in financing for the first phase of the project, according to REBusinessOnline. The first phase at 213 Van Vorst Street will have 255 residential units, which will come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations, and two ground-floor retail units totaling 7,237 square feet. The second building will include an additional 153 residential units and 7,305 square feet of ground-floor retail. Pile driving and foundational construction on the first building began last January, per Jersey Digs, and completion is expected in 2017. Marchetto Higgins Stieve is the design architect.
During the summer of 2015, renderings were revealed of Lalezarian Properties’ planned 35-story, 220-unit mixed-use tower under construction at 323 Tenth Avenue, between West 28th and 29th streets in West Chelsea. At the time, the ground floor of the tower was being constructed, and the developer’s two other 13-story buildings at 507 West 28th Street – with a combined additional 155 residential units – were close to topping out. Today, the larger structure is 25 stories above street level and the smaller 13-story components are nearly fully clad in glass. The photos are courtesy of Tectonic (h/t Curbed). The entire project will encompass 337,978 square feet, and rental units will average 779 square feet across all three buildings. There will also be a total 16,068 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Avinash K. Malhotra Architects is the design architect and completion is expected later this year.
The Spanish Delancey Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at the four-story building at 126 Forsyth Street, on the corner of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, is looking for a development partner that would demolish the existing structure for a new building. The 5,000 square-foot lot could accommodate a new mixed-use building of up to 32,500 square feet, where a maximum of 27,000 square feet could be used as residential space. The lot is subject to a 120-foot height cap, according to Curbed NY. The church is requiring the first three floors of the new building to be designed, owned, and operated by the church as a house of worship, although zoning allows for retail space to be built as well. It should be noted that the rest of the building could potentially end up being a hotel or office space if a developer chooses against building residential units.
In December, Taconic Investment Partners and Cogswell-Lee Development Group acquired the ground-lease of 410 West 207th Street, in Inwood. According to Commercial Observer, the developers plan to redevelop the property into commercial-retail space. The site is currently occupied by a single-story, 34,000 square-foot vacant supermarket, formerly a Pathmark. The structure will be renovated to accommodate a new 20,000 square-foot supermarket and multiple smaller retailers. In addition, a 14,000 square-foot retail annex will be built on a section of the parking lot. When construction is completed later this year, parking will be reduced from 200 to 120 car spaces. The property can accommodate a 240,000 square-foot residential development with retail space, although plans for such proposal are not finalized. It sits a stone’s throw away from the 207th Street stop on the 1 train.
The city is about to rezone the northeastern swath of East New York around Broadway Junction, but development is still brewing at the neighborhood’s far-flung edges. MacQuesten Development has filed plans for a sizable affordable project called Van Sinderen Plaza in the New Lots section of the hood, beneath the elevated L train tracks and next to the border with Brownsville.