The New York Public Library plans to build a new Roosevelt Island branch at the site of the existing building at 502 Main Street. Located in the East River between Queens and Manhattan island, Roosevelt Island is politically part of Manhattan. According to Curbed NY, the new library will measure 5,465 square feet and will feature a 670 square-foot community room, a children’s room and teen space, as well as many more computers. The old 2,200 square-foot facility at 524 Main Street is reportedly struggling to keep up with public demand. Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects is designing the new library, which is scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
In March of 2015, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved alterations that would go into converting the 16-story, 235,000 square-foot office building at 485 Seventh Avenue, at the corner of West 36th Street in the Garment District, into a boutique hotel. The property, an individual landmark, was completed in 1907 as the Mills Hotel No. 3, a male-exclusive, 1,885-unit single-room occupancy residential hotel. The Lightstone Group is planning to convert the property into a 618-key MOXY Hotel by Marriott, and Commercial Observer reports $330 million in financing was secured for the project. Retail space and a restaurant will be located each on the ground and second floors. Stonehill & Taylor Architects is the architect of record.
Late last year, Anbau Enterprises offered to pay roughy $75 million to demolish a single-story retail building and build a 40-story residential tower at 220 Cadman Plaza West, in Brooklyn Heights. Even after the developer increased the bid to $130 million last week, meaning a $150,000 payout for each shareholder, the shareholder residents of Whitman Owner Corp. at 75 Henry Street voted against the offer, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. That means the board will not investigate the development plans and the one-story retail building along Pineapple Walk will remain as is.
Tomer Erlich, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 204 Monroe Street, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant, located seven blocks north of the Nostrand Avenue stop on the A and C trains. The building will measure 10,000 square feet in total, with 8,000 square feet being used as residential space. Units will average 1,000 square feet apiece, and two duplex units will be located across the third, fourth, and penthouse floors. Robert Lin’s Flushing-based A&T Engineering is the applicant of record. Permits were filed in December to demolish an existing single-story warehouse.
Queens-based Xiaozhong Yuan has filed applications for three three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 108-43 – 108-47 52nd Avenue, in Corona, located just west of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Two of the buildings will have 3,201 square feet of residential space each, while the third structure will contain 2,942 square feet. Across the entire development, full-floor units will average a relatively spacious 1,038 square feet apiece. Flushing-based Zheng & Associates is the applicant of record. Demolition started last week on two existing two-story townhouses, according to filings.