New residential developments are cropping up everywhere in Chinatown, but office projects in the lower Manhattan neighborhood are still few and far between. Yesterday, new building applications surfaced for a six-story office development at 10 Eldridge Street, half a block from the Manhattan Bridge.
A 150-year-old landmarked warehouse at 80 White Street in Chinatown is about to become offices, retail, and one apartment.
Alteration plans were filed with the Department of Buildings yesterday to convert the six-story loft building between Broadway and Lafayette Street. Construction tool manufacturing company General Tools has occupied the building for decades, and the firm’s former chairman, Gerald Weinstein, has owned the property for at least 40 years. Tax photos from the ’70s show the firm’s name emblazoned above the cast iron columns on the ground floor.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has given approval for the partial conversion and refurbishment of a portion of a landmark building in Chinatown. The building in question is 66 Allen Street (a.k.a. 315 Grand Street). Though the upper office floors will all become residential, totaling eight units, the existing ground floor retail will be retained. The approval was granted at the LPC’s session on Tuesday.
Property owner Lily Wang is renovating the three-story mixed-use property at 61 Canal Street, in Chinatown, Bowery Boogie reports. The 8,856 square-foot building will retain the same square-footage, although its 2,143 square feet of ground-floor retail will receive a gut rehabilitation. The Cheng Chio Buddhist Temple occupies the upper two floors and will remain in the building after the renovation. Sugnam Chang’s Brooklyn-based Basic Groups Corp. is the applicant of record, and completion is expected in late 2016.
This past July, the 20-story, 229-key Joie de Vivre hotel under construction at 50 Bowery, in Chinatown, was at the 17th floor and receiving its first glass panels. Now, the building is topped out, and glass is nearing the top of the structure, per Bowery Boogie. Commune Hotel & Resorts is developing, and Peter Poon Architects is designing. The building is expected to open in the spring of 2016.