Back in 2013, Kushner Companies, RFR Realty, and LIVWRK acquired, for $375 million from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the five-building, 1.25-million square-foot commercial complex at 55 and 81 Prospect Street, 117 Adams Street, 77 Sands Street, and 175 Pearl Street. The developers have since converted the collection of mid-rise buildings into offices and retail space, dubbed DUMBO Heights. The developers are now constructing a two-block-long public plaza along Sands Street between Adams and Jay streets, according to the Wall Street Journal. The plaza will extend the 15-foot-wide sidewalk by 15 feet. It will include public artwork, seating, and planters. La Fantástica is behind the design, and the Dumbo Improvement District is associated with the project. Current office tenants in the complex including WeWork Cos., Etsy Inc., Frog Design, Alexis Bittar Inc., and retail tenants include Randolph Beer, fitness center Shadowbox, Row House, Bluestone Lane Coffee, and Dig Inn. Roughly 350,000 square feet of commercial space remains vacant, according to Real Estate Weekly.
Coney Island-based PYE Properties has filed applications for a two-story, 14,517-square-foot commercial building at 825 Surf Avenue, located on the corner of West 8th Street on Coney Island. According to the Schedule A, the 27-foot-tall building will house an amusement arcade, which will help to revitalize the disinvested and still Hurricane Sandy-damaged amusement park. Frank Martarella III’s Staten Island-based thinkDESIGN Architecture is the architect of record. The 15,369-square-foot lot has 213 feet of street frontage and is positioned right below the West 8th Street-New York Aquarium stop on the F/Q trains. PYE Properties acquired the vacant lot in 2015, according to Amusing The Zillion.
Property owner Kim Tasher, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for an eight-story, 15-unit residential building at 111 East 183rd Street, in Fordham, located three blocks from the 183rd Street stop on the 4 train. The structure will measure 13,597 square feet and will include a 190-square-foot medical office on the ground floor. The residential units should average 741 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include a 782-square-foot outdoor recreational space behind the building and laundry facilities in the cellar. Mohammad R. Badaly’s Mount Vernon architecture firm is the architect of record. The project will rise on a 25-foot-wide, 2,158-square-foot lot currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, wood-framed house. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
Back in September of 2015, piling work was underway for the 20-story, 110-unit mixed-use building planned at 42-10 27th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. Now, foundation work is underway at the site, with the first rebar sprouting from the ground, The Court Square Blog reports. Per the latest permits with the Department of Buildings, the 20-story, 212-foot-tall project will encompass 137,812 square feet. It will feature 8,645 square feet of ground-floor retail and its residential units should average 741 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include private residential storage, storage for 55 bikes, a parking garage on the second floor, and recreational areas on the 19th and 20th floors. Lions Group NYC is the developer, while Flushing-based Raymond Chan is the architect. Completion is expected in 2017.
Back in November of 2015, a rendering was revealed of the planned eight-story, 32-unit mixed-use building at 109 East 115th Street, in East Harlem. Now, the structure is nearly topped out, Harlem+Bespoke reports. The structure encompasses 35,493 square feet, and will include a 5,392-square-foot nonprofit community facility on the ground floor. The residential units, which begin on the second floor, should average 699 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include a storage space for 16 bikes, a fitness center, and an outdoor terrace on the second floor. ACNY Developers Inc. is developing the project, while H. Thomas O’Hara’s Midtown-based HTO Architect is the architect of record. Completion is expected later this year.