The 42-story, 287-key hotel under development at 310 West 40th Street, in the Garment District section of Midtown, now appears to be a few concrete pours away from topping out. The construction progress can be seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user JC_Heights. The latest building permits indicate the completed tower will measure 117,280 square feet and stand 420 feet in height (although the bulkhead will bring the tower’s pinnacle to 472 feet). The hotel rooms should average 310 square feet apiece and guest amenities will include a fitness center, meeting rooms, a lounge/bar/terrace on the ground floor, and a restaurant & bar across the 40th and 41st floors. Helm Management Inc. is the developer and Nobutaka Ashihara’s Financial District-based firm is the architect. Completion can probably be expected by the end of the year.
Brooklyn-based property owner Zhu Yu has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 107-109 Hastings Street, in Arrochar, a neighborhood located along Staten Island’s East Shore. Each will measure 3,026 square feet and their full-floor apartments should average 1,050 square feet apiece. The apartments will probably be geared towards families. Amenities include a single enclosed parking space in each of the ground floors, in addition to four off-street parking spaces. Mang Wong’s Brooklyn-based engineering firm Pondosa Inc. is the applicant of record. The 60-foot-wide, 6,052-square-foot site appears vacant, but it has the foundations of a small project that stalled out, and that concrete footing probably needs to be demolished first. The site is located four blocks from the entrance to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Song Lin, doing business as an anonymous Elmhurst-based company, has filed applications for two three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 94-28 – 94-30 51st Avenue, in Elmhurst. One will measure 3,840 square feet and contain three full-floor units, while the other will measure 3,360 square feet and contain two units, one spanning two floors and the second a single floor. Across both buildings, the apartments should average 964 square feet apiece, which means family-sized units are in the works. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,012-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story house. Demolition permits were filed in April. The site is located five blocks from the Grand Avenue-Newtown stop on the M and R trains.
Property owner Lazer Waldman, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 181 Troutman Street, in western Bushwick. The structure will measure 7,489 square feet and its residential unit should average 687 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor, although one of the top-floor units will feature space in an upper penthouse level. Bahram M. Tehrani’s Jamaica-based BTE Design Services is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, multi-family brick building. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Central Avenue stop on the M train is six blocks away.
Property Markets Group is in contract to purchase the vacant 166,000-square-foot property at 455-459 Smith Street, in Gowanus, for roughly $50 million, DNAinfo reported. The site – bound by Huntington Street to the south, Smith Street to the west, Fifth Street to the north, and the Gowanus Canal to the east – is zoned for manufacturing. It can support 332,000 square feet of commercial development as-of-right in the form of offices, hotels, retail, and manufacturing/industrial space. The eventual new owner is mulling the idea of building a mixed-use development with a hotel, offices, and retail space, although development plans are in very early stages. The site, once home the Citizens Manufactured Gas Plant, is currently undergoing a remediation headed by National Grid. The plant’s last warehouse structure was demolished years ago. The Smith-Ninth Streets stop on the F and G trains is located a block to the south.