The Lower East Side is in the midst of a new era of transformation. The Streit’s Matzo Factory has moved, construction of Essex Crossing is humming along, a neighborhood-wide beautification project should reach its goal this summer, and the Lowline is moving forward. The Houston Street corner opposite an iconic deli is also getting a new neighbor, and now there’s a new look at that project.
North Bergen, N.J.-based Nehalkumar Gandhi has filed applications for a 13-story, 48-key hotel at 79 Eldridge Street, on the Lower East Side. The structure will measure 19,279 square feet. The ground floor will host the hotel lobby and a reception area, and hotel rooms will be located through the 12th floor. Individual hotel rooms should average 310 square feet apiece. On the 13th floor, there will be 1,243 square feet of space for a community facility. Amenities include a fitness center and bike storage. Michael Kang’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The filings come after a different developer submitted plans in March for a slightly smaller hotel. That one would have contained 10 stories and 38 hotel rooms. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently vacant.
Since last fall, when façade work was wrapping up, construction on the 11-story, 106-unit residential building at 456 Washington Street, located on the corner of Watts Street in TriBeCa, has finished. The new building encompasses 186,054 square feet and is home to 106 luxury rental apartments, 22 of which will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. The apartments, averaging 1,330 square feet apiece, range from studios to five-bedrooms.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) have selected the team behind the Lowline proposal to lease the vacant, 60,000-square-foot Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, located under Delancey Street between Clinton and Norfolk streets on the Lower East Side. This marks the first city approval for the project, bringing it significantly closer to reality. The public park would take up roughly 43,500 square feet of the abandoned terminal.
Since rising above street level in March of 2016, the 23-story, 120-unit mixed-use project under development at 56 Fulton Street, on the corner of Cliff Street in the Financial District, has grown to 10 stories. The construction progress can be seen thanks to a photo taken by Tectonic. The 128,540-square-foot tower will eventually host 5,865 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 120 rental apartments, ranging from 450-square-foot studios to 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms. Twenty percent of them, or 24 units, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include storage for 61 bikes, a fitness center, laundry facilities, a lounge, a dining room for events, a game room, and an outdoor terrace on the 23rd floor. The Parkland Group and Socius Development Group are the developers. Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is the design architect, with Andrés Escobar designing the interiors. Completion can probably be expected in early 2017.