Back in November of 2015, the city approved design changes to the 630-foot-tall New York Wheel project at 155 Richmond Terrace, in St. George, Staten Island. At the time, construction was underway on the project’s four-level accessory commercial building. That commercial structure has since topped out and foundation work is now underway on the base of the Ferris wheel itself. The topped-out commercial structure encompasses 418,901 square feet, and features a 950-car parking garage, exhibition/gallery spaces, ticketing offices/security screening, a bike rental facility, a food hall, and commercial-retail space. The roof will also include a playground, a gallery, a restaurant, a performance stage, and landscaped recreational space. A large part of the building is expected to open this summer, with the entire project scheduled for completion in in 2017. Starneth B.V. is constructing the New York Wheel. S9 Architecture, with Navid Maqami as design principal in charge, and Perkins Eastman, with Jonathan Cohn as project manager, are behind the design.
In June of 2014, the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) approved a variance for New York Methodist Hospital’s new eight-story, 500,000-square-foot Center for Community Health expansion at 515 6th Street, in Park Slope. A settlement between the hospital and Preserve Park Slope has since scaled the project down from seven to six stories, eliminating 28,000 square feet of medical space. Last month, the city approved plans for the scaled down version, and now the hospital has begun demolishing 16 brownstones to make way for the building, Crain’s reports. The latest filings detail a 485,978-square-foot building with 253,993 square feet of medical space. The facility’s operations will include outpatient surgery, imaging, cancer treatment and specialty care in orthopedics, and cardiology. The Schedule A indicates a 300-car parking garage in the sub-cellar and retail space on the basement level. Perkins Eastman is designing. The state Department of Health’s approval of a Certificate of Need is the last step needed before construction can begin. Once construction begins, completion is expected three years later.
Back in September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 28-story, 236-unit residential building at 1501 Voorhies Avenue, in southern Sheepshead Bay, located directly adjacent to the Sheepshead Bay stop on the B/Q trains. Now, Sheepshead Bites reports foundation work is well underway on what permits say will eventually be a 275,892-square-foot building. The residential units, which will be a mix of condominiums and rental apartments, should average a relatively spacious 1,169 square feet apiece. The tower’s lower portions will host 13,530 square feet of commercial space, and amenities include 124 parking spaces, many located in an underground garage, storage for 118 bikes, a fitness center, a pool and spa, and and common outdoor spaces. AvalonBay and Muss Development are the developers, and Perkins Eastman Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2018.
Another block in central Williamsburg is shedding its commercial past as a warehouse at 88-92 Withers Street is torn down. It is slated to be replaced by a 12-story residential building, developed by Caro Enterprises and JHG Holdings. The 12,500-square foot corner lot sits across from the small park at the Badame Sessa Memorial Square, sandwiched onto a small triangular block by the side of the elevated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The cleared lot, situated within a residential-manufacturing M1-2/R6 zoning district, measures 125 feet along Withers Street to the north and 100 feet on Leonard Street to the east.
A major milestone was recently reached by a 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use development under construction in downtown Flushing, Queens.