Following the state’s plan to upgrade and expand Pennsylvania Station, Vornado Realty Trust has announced plans to renovate and interconnect 57-story One Penn Plaza and 29-story Two Penn Plaza, completed in 1972 and 1968 respectively, into a massive 4.2-million-square-foot office complex. The two buildings are located directly adjacent to and above Penn Station, in Midtown, between West 31st and 34th streets and Seventh and Eighth avenues. According to The Real Deal, the renovation project would improve desirability and tenant mobility and allow for new retail and amenity opportunities. Two Penn Plaza would get a new floor-to-ceiling glass façade and One Penn Plaza would receive “a more conventional upgrade.” Start and completion dates have not been disclosed, and a designer has not yet been revealed.
Earlier this week, news broke that Savanna and Hong Kong-based Atom Assets were planning a 26-story, 90,000 square-foot office building at 106 West 56th Street, in Midtown, and now Real Estate Weekly has a rendering of the project. As reported earlier, the new building will feature boutique office space geared towards smaller business tenants. The Perkins Eastman-designed project will feature multiple terraced setbacks and floor plates of varying sizes, ranging from 5,000 square feet on the lower levels to 2,000 square feet towards the top. The developers received an acquisition loan from United Overseas Bank to purchase the existing nine-story office building. Demolition will begin in early 2017 and completion is expected in 2019.
Last July, Georgetown Company and Bill Ackman closed on the eight-story, 464,000 square-foot commercial building at 787 Eleventh Avenue, between West 54th and 55th streets in Hell’s Kitchen, for roughly $250 million. Now the property’s new owners have filed applications to expand the building by two stories or an additional 19,784 square feet. The roof will be raised by 60 feet (to 160 feet) and the latest filings indicate there will be 400,144 square feet of designated commercial space. The ground floor will contain retail space and automobile dealerships, floors two through five will contain automobile shops and services, and floors six through 10 will be office space. Per Curbed, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management will be occupying the office space. Rafael Viñoly Architects is designing the project.
In September of 2015, the Empire State Development Corp. began the eminent domain process to acquire 590 Atlantic Avenue, located across from Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the Pacific Park mega-development. A partnership between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings would develop the property, currently home to two low-rise retail buildings. Right now, the site boasts 440,000 square feet of development rights, but the developers are proposing the idea to transfer 1.1 million square feet of air rights in order to build a 1.5-million-square-foot office building. According to Crain’s, the air rights transfer would have to be approved by a state review process via the Empire State Development Corp. The air rights transfer would preserve public plaza space.
Savanna and Hong Kong-based Atom Assets have acquired the nine-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 106 West 56th Street, in Midtown between Sixth and Seventh avenues, for an undisclosed amount. Crain’s reports the developers are planning to build a 26-story, 90,000 square-foot boutique office building. Zoning allows for the project to have up to 75,315 square feet of commercial space, and the building’s office floors will range from 5,000 to 2,000 square feet each. Perkins Eastman will be responsible for the design. The property’s current tenant has a year to vacate from the site, although demolition permits were already filed this past January to raze the building. Completion is tentatively expected in 2019.