Developers Omnia Group and North Wind Group are working to transform the 10-story, 55,000-square-foot former Salvation Army shelter at 225 Bowery, on the Lower East Side, into a 14-story, 200-key Ace Hotel. Bowery Boogie now has renderings of the project, which would expand the building by four stories. The expansion comes at the expense of a three-story, 8,300-square-foot structure at 223 Bowery, which was demolished this past January. Once the property is redeveloped, the ground floor will host the hotel lobby, a 130-seat restaurant, and retail space. There will also be a bar on the 11th floor, along with a roof terrace and a gym. HAKS is designing and is serving as the architect of record. The building was purchased for a little more than $30 million back in 2014.
This past January, news broke that the $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub in the Financial District would open to the public in early March. Last week, Curbed NY gave you a sneak peek inside the Santiago Calatrava-designed structure, and yesterday, on March 3rd, the hub officially opened. As seen in the photos, only a large chunk of the main concourse is open right now, and the rest of the structure is expected to follow in phases over the next few months. That includes 365,000 square feet of retail space to be managed by Westfield Corp. The Port Authority can now prepare to remove the temporary PATH station entrance near One World Trade Center, site of the planned World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, or PAC WTC. As reported earlier, the new transit hub now serves as the connection point for 11 subway lines, World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, multiple bus lines, and ferry service.
Developer Peter Moore has recently filed applications to turn the former two-story, 15,342-square-foot industrial building at 425 Hoyt Street, in Gowanus, into a three-story, multi-use commercial building. Filings indicate the structure will be expanded by 3,956 square feet and will eventually boast 17,301 square feet of commercial space. DNAinfo reports the ground floor will most likely be leased as office space, although the Schedule A says it could also be retail space. The second and third floors would host private art galleries to showcase and/or store artwork. The developer is banking on plans to clean up and build a park along the Gowanus Canal that would hopefully make the area more attractive. Chinatown-based Jung Wor Chin is the architect of record.
Following 11 years in the planning and approval process, Summit Development and Greenfield Partners broke ground earlier this week on the retail portion of Chappaqua Crossing. The project is an expansive mixed-use development located on the former Reader’s Digest office campus at 480 Bedford Road, in Chappaqua, a northern Westchester County hamlet in the Town of New Castle. The retail portion includes the build-out of 120,000 square feet of commercial space, including a 40,000 square-foot Whole Foods, a Life Time gym, and other shops and restaurants. The Grossman Companies is partnered in the retail portion and the supermarket is expected to open in 2017.
Brooklyn-based property owner Joel Jacob, doing business through an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, three-unit residential building at 344 Willoughby Avenue, in northwestern Bedford-Stuyvesant, located in a neighborhood that’s predominantly populated by Hasidic Jews. The structure will encompass 6,031 square feet and all the three units will be duplexes. One duplex will span the ground and second floors, while two duplexes will share the third and fourth floors. That works out to family-sized units averaging a very spacious 2,010 square feet apiece. Maspeth-based Genaro R. Urueta is the applicant of record. The 34-foot-wide plot is currently occupied by two two-story townhouses and demolition permits have not yet been filed.