Property owner Vanbarton Group is currently renovating the 16-story, 135,533-square-foot commercial-office building at 45 West 45th Street, in the heart of Midtown. Progress on the work being done on the interior can be see in a Commercial Observer report. The property, which was last renovated in the 1980s, will see its lobby redesigned with increased lighting and new finishes, and it will receive façade restoration. The office floors above are getting their dividing walls demolished, modernizing and enhancing the flow of the floor plates. Significant repairs are also being done to fix the floors and ceilings, which were revealed to be crumbling. Mechanical equipment, like elevators, is being replaced with new appliances. Probably the most exciting upgrade is an outdoor roof deck and lounge. A restaurant is also planned to occupy as much as 16,346 square feet of space on the ground, mezzanine, and lower levels. The work is being done in three phases, with the last expected to be complete by spring of 2017. Spivack Architects is the architect of record.
Adrian Devenyi, doing business as an anonymous Long Island-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, single-family townhouse at 311 Vanderbilt Avenue, in Clinton Hill. The structure will measure 8,975 square feet, of which 5,618 square feet will be utilized as livable residential space. The townhouse will include a fitness center, a laundry room, and storage space in the cellar, followed by a single-car garage on the ground floor. Residential space will fill the rest of the ground floor and the second through fourth floors. The structure will be topped by a roof terrace and solar panel equipment. Brooklyn-based Ramona Albert Architecture is the architect of record. The 15-foot-wide, 2,730-square-foot block-thru lot is vacant on the Vanderbilt Avenue side, but occupied by a three-story townhouse on the other side at 312 Clinton Avenue. The property sits within the Clinton Hill Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the new building’s design.
Cedarhurst, N.Y.-based Wara Holding has filed applications for two four-story, four-unit residential buildings at 86-11 – 86-13 124th Street, in Kew Gardens. They will measure 2,923 square feet and 3,187 square feet, respectively. Across both, the full-floor residential units should average 764 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Two of the units within the building at 86-13 124th Street will be duplexes. There will also be a total of six off-street parking spaces, with each building containing a single space within the basement of the ground-floor unit. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide property is currently occupied by a deteriorating two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in January. The 121st Street stop on the J/Z trains is two blocks away.
Brooklyn-based Level One Holdings has filed applications for a six-story, six-unit residential building at 496 Prospect Place, in Prospect Heights. The structure will measure 9,855 square feet and its residential units should average 1,230 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be one apartment per floor, and private residential storage units will be located in the cellar. Parking is not included, as none is required. Midtown South-based Issac & Stern Architects is the architect of record. The 36-foot-wide, 2,469-square-foot property is currently occupied by a single-story building. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The site is located six blocks from the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop on the 2 and 3 trains.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) have launched a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the 158,000-square-foot development site at 65 East 149th Street, located in the South Bronx’s Lower Concourse section. The hope is for a development team to propose a mixed-use building with an assortment of affordable residential units, commercial space, and community facilities, DNAinfo reported. In addition, there will have to be public open space, which will hopefully be in the form of a waterfront esplanade (the site fronts the Harlem River). Infrastructure upgrades are also part of the project. The vacant site is located five blocks from the 149th Street-Grand Concourse stop on the 2 and 5 trains. Responses are due by October 11.