Demolition has progressed significantly on the cluster of pre-war commercial buildings on the block bound by East 42nd and 43rd streets and Madison and Vanderbilt avenues, directly west of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. The existing structures are only a few more months from being removed, as seen in the photos by ILNY posted to the YIMBY Forums. In their place will rise a 67-story, 1,514-foot-tall office tower called One Vanderbilt, being developed by SL Green Realty Corporation and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tower will encompass 1,732,955 square feet of space, of which 1,295,140 square feet is designated as commercial.
We’ve reported a lot on Related/Oxford’s Hudson Yards mega-development and the neighboring Manhattan West, from Brookfield. There are also plenty of independent projects in the greater Hudson Yards District. One of those is the supertall office building dubbed 3 Hudson Boulevard and, despite reports of trouble, the developer, Moinian Group, assures YIMBY that it is still a go.
Back in December of 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved alterations that would go into converting the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot Jarmulowsky Bank Building, an individual landmark at 54 Canal Street (a.k.a. 9 Orchard Street) in Chinatown, into a boutique hotel. Then in 2014, DLJ Real Estate Partners received approval from the LPC to reconstruct the building’s corner cupola, which was removed in 1990. Construction has since been underway on the existing building, as well as a six-story, 9,876-square-foot annex expansion at 60 Canal Street. Now, the owners are abandoning plans for a hotel and have decided to convert the interiors into office and retail space, Bowery Boogie reported. The first two floors will also host retail whiles the upper floors will be leased to office tenants. Lower East Side-based Studio Castellano Architects is the architect of record. It’s not known when the building is scheduled to open.
The Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic of the United Nations is planning to renovate their eight-story, 35,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 1109 Madison Avenue, located on the corner of East 83rd Street, on the Upper East Side. The building, which currently houses the mission’s office space and 16 apartments, will see its interiors entirely reconfigured and upgraded, according to DNAinfo. The building’s façade, which will be preserved, will also see a restoration. Fradkin & McAlpin Architects and Czech Republic-based A69 Architekti will be responsible for the renovations. The property also contains 16,390 square feet of air rights, although it’s not known if an expansion is planned. Alteration permits have not yet been filed with the Buildings Departments, but completion is expected next year.
Back in 2005, Thor Equities acquired, for $40 million, the 7.7-acre Revere Sugar Refinery site at 280 Richards Street, located south of Beard Street in Red Hook. The developer later demolished the refinery (the last photos of it can be found here), and has since been floating the idea of building a massive mixed-use project with residential units and commercial space. The developer is now moving forward with plans for a four-story, 623,000-square-foot commercial complex, Bloomberg reported. It will include 600,000 square feet of office space and will boast 100,000-square-foot floor plates. The project will also feature 23,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, presumably on the ground floor, along with a central courtyard, rooftop terraces, and a public waterfront esplanade. Norman Foster’s London-based Foster + Partners is designing. The site is located 12 blocks from the Smith-9th Streets stop on the F/G trains.