Last year, ground was broken and new renderings were released for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church planned at the also-under-construction Liberty Park, an elevated lot to the south of the World Trade Center, in the Financial District. The New York Times now reports the drum-shaped structure is rising and will be constructed with “white Pantelic marble, from the same vein in Greece that was quarried to construct the Parthenon.” Santiago Calatrava is designing, and completion of the sanctuary and park is expected in 2017.
Do what the Landmarks Preservation Commission asks and you shall receive its blessing. So was the case for the hotel planned for 456 Greenwich Street, sitting partly in the TriBeCa North Historic District. The proposal went before the commission in early August, but the brick choice and square fenestrations didn’t fly. So, the applicant was forced to come back. They did so on Tuesday and had perhaps the most pain-free experience in this journalist’s experience with the LPC.
Early this year, the New York Daily News reported the landmarked three-story synagogue at 415 East 6th Street, in the East Village, was being partially converted into residential units, and now the structure’s penthouse addition is being constructed, per EV Grieve. The finished structure will stand five stories and measure 8,634 square feet, up from an original 6,344 square feet. The synagogue will continue to operate on the ground floor with 2,000 square feet, but three residential units are being built above, each averaging 2,115 square feet. East River Partners is developing, while Joseph Pell Lombardi is designing.
Demolition wrapped up on a former theater building at 100 Avenue A, in the East Village, late last year, where Ben Shaoul is planning a six-story, 29-unit mixed-use building. Now, the project is finally underway, and the structure is a story above street level, per EV Grieve. The building will total 27,693 square feet, and features 6,355 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels. Residential units will average 736 square feet apiece, and Issac & Stern Architects are designing.
Since late 2013, a six-story, eight-unit mixed-use building has been under construction at 145 Ludlow Street, on the Lower East Side, and now, the building’s exterior has finally been revealed, per Bowery Boogie. Windows have not been installed yet, and interior work is still well underway, but the 12,875 square-foot project should be complete by 2016. Two retail units will split 2,158 square feet on the ground floor, and residential units will average 1,340 square feet, beginning on the second floor. David Howell owns the property, and DHD Architecture Design is the architect of record.