Innovo Property Group and Westbrook Parters have acquired, for $195 million, the seven-story, 640,000-square-foot office-industrial building at 24-02 49th Avenue, in southern Long Island City. The purchase was financed with a $136 million mortgage, Commercial Observer reported. The building is nearly completely leased, with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) occupying 480,000 square feet across five floors. The new owners plan to not renew NYCHA’s lease, which expires in 2020. The plan is to renovate the property to include modern and creative office space. The property is right across the street from the Hunters Point Avenue station on the 7 train and the Long Island Rail Road.
L+M Development Partners’s mixed-use conversion of the four-story, 400,000-square-foot Hahne & Co. building, located at 609 Broad Street, at the corner of New Street in downtown Newark, is in the final stages of construction. Photos of the construction progress can be seen in a Jersey Digs report. Construction appears to have wrapped on the outside of the existing four-story structure, which will contain a mix of residential, retail, office, and community space. A new nine-story building — located at the corner of Halsey and New streets — is currently receiving its façade. The new construction component will feature ground floor retail space and residential units above. Between the two building, there will be 75,000 square feet of retail space, 160 apartments (40 percent of which will be set aside as affordable housing), and 100,000 square feet of community and community use space (50,000 square feet of which will be institutional and dedicated to Rutgers University). Whole Foods Market is expected to open their new 30,000-square-foot store in the building in 2017, which is when the rest of the project should be complete.
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.
Property owner Vanbarton Group is currently renovating the 16-story, 135,533-square-foot commercial-office building at 45 West 45th Street, in the heart of Midtown. Progress on the work being done on the interior can be see in a Commercial Observer report. The property, which was last renovated in the 1980s, will see its lobby redesigned with increased lighting and new finishes, and it will receive façade restoration. The office floors above are getting their dividing walls demolished, modernizing and enhancing the flow of the floor plates. Significant repairs are also being done to fix the floors and ceilings, which were revealed to be crumbling. Mechanical equipment, like elevators, is being replaced with new appliances. Probably the most exciting upgrade is an outdoor roof deck and lounge. A restaurant is also planned to occupy as much as 16,346 square feet of space on the ground, mezzanine, and lower levels. The work is being done in three phases, with the last expected to be complete by spring of 2017. Spivack Architects is the architect of record.
The first few glass panels have been installed on the lower levels of what will be the 90-story, 2.6-million-square-foot office tower known as 30 Hudson Yards, being built on the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 33rd Street. The structure appears to have also gained a story or two since YIMBY’s update earlier this month. The progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user Robert Walpole. As previously reported, the tower will eventually top out at 1296 feet, 11 inches. The entirety of the building’s office space has already been reserved for tenants, including Time Warner Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, KKR, Related Companies, and Oxford Properties Group. The last two are the project’s developers. Kohn Pedersen Fox is the design architect. Completion is expected in 2019.