Construction is now three stories above street level at 215 Pearl Street, located on the corner of Platt Street in the heart of the Financial District, where a 39-story, 320-key hotel is planned. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user rbrome. The hotel — which YIMBY first reported on in September of 2012 — will be a Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott. The latest building permits indicate it will encompass 165,655 square feet and stand 396 feet in height. The hotel rooms will be located on the fifth through 37th floors, while retail space will occupy some of the ground floor. Guest amenities include bike storage, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a roof garden on the 38th floor. Lam Group is the developer and Nobutaka Ashihara Architect is the architect of record. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
Now that exterior work has completed on 50 West Street – the 64-story, 191-unit mixed-use tower dubbed simply “50 West” under development in the Financial District – crews are now focused on building a 6,800-square-foot public plaza around the base of the building and a pedestrian bridge over West Street (a.k.a. the West Side Highway). Renderings of the spaces have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. The 24-hour plaza will feature an art gallery, a café, vegetation, and seating. The pedestrian bridge, dubbed the West Thames Street Bridge, will feed directly into the plaza. It will boast steel structural supports and a glass roof and walls. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is building the new pedestrian bridge, which will replace the Rector Street bridge located a block northward. Demolition of the Rector Street bridge and construction of the new one is expected to last two years.
Following news that a 1,600-unit self-storage facility would be coming to 163 6th Street, in Gowanus, Storage Deluxe recently filed official applications for a five-story, 76,460-square-foot structure at the site. The facility, which will be operated by CubeSmart, will feature four loading berths, three off-street parking spaces, an accessory office component, and five floors of storage units. Virginia-based Butz • Wilbern, Ltd., is the applicant of record. The 125-foot-wide, 38,125-square-foot property is currently occupied by a metal salvage business. Demolition permits were filed to raze the business’s two-story office building and metal shed in May. The site is located five blocks from the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street stop on the F, G, and R trains.
Queens-based property owner Singh Satrohaugn has filed applications for twin two-story, two-family houses at 134-26 155th Street, in Rochdale, Queens. The neighborhood is just a few blocks from the northern fringe of JFK International Airport. The new buildings will each measure 4,043 square feet and their full-floor apartments should average a family-sized 1,347.5 square feet apiece. Amenities include laundry facilities in the cellar and a total of two off-street parking spots. South Ozone Park-based RLD3 Engineering is the applicant of record. The 8,000-square-foot plot was occupied by a single-story house until 2015.
Queens-based Parker Greenfield LLC has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 42-07 Bell Boulevard, located within the commercial center of Bayside, Queens. The structure will measure 7,673 square feet. The ground floor will host 2,232 square feet of commercial-retail space, followed by three residential units across the two upper floors. The apartments should average 997 square feet apiece, which means they will likely boast family-sized configurations. It’s unclear whether they will be rentals or sold as homes. Long Island City-based Carusone & Cherres Architects is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide property is currently occupied by a deteriorating two-story mixed-use building. Demolition permits were filed in 2014. The Long Island Rail Road’s Bayside station is two blocks to the north.