The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is allowing an undisclosed developer to redevelop the currently vacant, 138,000 square-foot Bedford-Union Armory property at 1555 Bedford Avenue, in western Crown Heights. According to DNAinfo, the former military facility will be transformed into residential units and a recreational facility. The domed portion of the facility will be home to a soccer field, three basketball courts, and a swimming poll, and will be operated by CAMBA. Along President Street, 13 townhouse units will be carved out of the building. The armory is low-rise in nature on its southern street front. Finally, a mixed-income residential building will be built from the ground up on the site’s eastern end. The entire project must pass through ULURP.
In early 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a nine-story, 22-unit mixed-use building at 181 West 126th Street, in Harlem, and now an on-site rendering has been posted, Harlem+Bespoke reports. The project will measure a total 19,942 square feet and includes a 2,430 square-foot ground-floor retail portion. Residential units will begin on the second floor and average 796 square-feet apiece. It will be topped by a 500 square-foot rooftop recreational space, and Great Neck-based Frank Petruso is the architect of record. Indications are that excavation is also imminent.
The condominium conversion of the Upper East Side’s Manhattan House – a landmarked 20-story, 584-unit rental complex, located at 200 East 66th Street and built in 1951 – is now wrapping up, the Observer reports. O’Connor Capital Partners shelled out $623 million for the exclusive rental property back in 2005. Today, the complex sports 495 condominiums and an additional 93 rent-stabilized units. Twenty-six of the condos have yet to be sold. Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill originally design Manhattan House, and Sasaki Associates designed the building’s private garden.
The City’s Human Resources Administration is pushing to make six long-vacant, two-story buildings on Hollis Avenue – between 202nd and 204th Streets, in Hollis Queens – into permanent affordable housing for homeless veterans. The roughly 120-unit complex is in the midst of gut renovations, according to DNAinfo. The Bluestone Group is currently leasing the properties, which span 202-04 to 203-24 Hollis Avenue, from Rita Stark. The buildings are now being furnished, although there’s no word yet on when move-ins can be expected.
Clarion Partners has purchased a 70 percent stake in the vacant 14-story, 182,000 square-foot American Stock Exchange Building at 86 Trinity Place, in the Financial District. Clarion payed $105 million to GHC Development, and the developer plans to convert the former office building into commercial-retail and a 156-key hotel. Retail space will be located from the ground floor through the fifth floor, while the hotel will be located on the upper floors. A restaurant will be built on the sixth floor. The building’s floor area will technically be expanded, thanks to expansions on the fourth floor, the addition of a fifth floor, and enlargements towards the top of the building. David Nicholson’s Hell’s Kitchen-based SBLM Architects is the architect of record. [The Real Deal]