As the Asian and Latino immigrant communities in Flushing grow, the sprawling neighborhood needs more schools and daycares to accommodate thousands of families with young children. The city has started to recognize that and filed plans for a new building on the current campus of P.S. 24 Andrew Jackson School, in East Flushing.
An overhead rendering has been revealed of the planned two-building, four-story (plus penthouse) office complex, dubbed Red Hoek Point and located at 270 Richards Street, the former site of the Revere Sugar Refinery in Red Hook. The rendering, published by Curbed NY, shows off the project’s outdoor spaces, which will include a central plaza, waterfront esplanade, and landscaped rooftop terraces. YIMBY reported on the project’s new building applications in June. The filings described an office complex encompassing 1,135,610 square feet, of which 645,103 square feet will be commercial space for offices and retail. Thor Equities, the developer, is planning a 1,112-car parking garage in the cellar, although a variance must first be obtained to build it. Ground-floor retail and restaurant space will measure 23,000 square feet. Sir Norman Foster’s London-based Foster + Partners is the design architect, while Adamson Associates Architects is serving as the executive architect. Groundbreaking is expected this fall.
Ironstate Development and Panepinto Properties have landed $155.83 million in construction financing for their planned 50-story, 539-unit residential tower at 90 Christopher Columbus Drive (dubbed 90 Columbus), in downtown Jersey City. The tower will host rental apartments ranging from studio to three-bedroom configurations, averaging 789 square feet apiece, Real Estate Weekly reported. Amenities will include a swimming pool, children’s play areas, sports and entertainment rooms, residential lounges, and a library. The tower is the last phase of a multi-building complex, which includes the recently completed 50-story residential tower 70 Columbus and the 12-story, 152-key Marriott Residence Inn at 80 Columbus. Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman and Associates is behind the architecture. Foundation work is currently underway and completion is expected in 2018.
The Blumenfeld Development Group has purchased, for $31.2 million, the two-story, 56,916-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at 99-01 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, from Vornado Realty. The new owner plans to convert the property’s vacant portions into a medical facility for Mount Sinai Hospital, according to Real Estate Weekly. The hospital has already signed a lease with Blumenfeld. The property currently features retail space on the ground and cellar levels, followed by commercial-office space on the second floor. Existing tenants, which will remain in the building, include Bank of America, New York Sports Club, and DeVry College of New York. Completion of the conversion is expected in early 2017.
While the far West Side has its fair share of mega-projects, the scale of development in lower West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District is generally more subdued. The one major exception to that rule is at 76 11th Avenue, where a development team led by HFZ has an assemblage with 800,000 square feet of air rights, with plans by Bjarke Ingels Group previously revealed by YIMBY last year. Now, thanks to a tipster, we have a fresh set of images showing the fine-tuning occurring across several aspects of the design, including the retail podium and crown.