Work is now underway on the 17th floor of the 35-story, 612-key DoubleTree by Hilton hotel under development at 350 West 40th Street, in the Garment District of Midtown. The developer — Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group — also secured a $215 million mortgage to refinance existing debt and fund construction, Commercial Observer reported. The latest building permits, which YIMBY first reported on in early 2014, indicate the 328-foot-tall project will measure 199,664 square feet. The hotel rooms should average a budget-sized 290 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include a fitness center, storage for 18 bikes, a restaurant on the ground floor, and a rooftop lounge & bar. Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is behind the design. Completion is expected later this year.
Great Neck, N.Y.-based RealNet Holdings has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 31 Brighton 2nd Place, in Brighton Beach. The project will measure 4,344 square feet. Its full-floor residential units should average 980 square feet apiece, so either rental apartments or condominiums could be in the works. The top-floor apartment will be a duplex and will feature space on an upper mezzanine level. There will be a three-car parking garage in the basement. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide, 1,800-square-foot property was occupied by a dilapidated two-story house until that was demolished in the first half of 2015. The Ocean Parkway stop on the Q train is three blocks away.
Construction has topped out and façade installation is well underway on Memorial Sloan Kettering’s six-story Laboratory Medicine Building being built at 327 East 64th Street, on the southern end of the Upper East Side. YIMBY can bring you this update thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The facility, which YIMBY revealed renderings for in 2014, encompasses 95,976 square feet, according to the latest building permits. Laboratories and research areas will be located on two sub-cellar levels and the ground through fourth floors. Offices will be hosted on the fifth and sixth floors. There will also be an outdoor terrace on the sixth floor. The 75-foot-tall structure is being designed by Perkins+Will and is seeking LEED Gold certification. Opening is expected in 2017.
New loft buildings designed to look like 19th century factories have become a staple of development in North Brooklyn. Soon, another new building will join their ranks at 37 Montrose Avenue in Williamsburg.
One of the city’s major public pool and park facilities will soon be getting a splash of new art. Come next month, two murals will be installed at the McCarren Play Center. That’s at 776…