Board members have approved and revealed renderings for the 218,000 square-foot expansion and overhaul of the American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side between West 77th and 81st Streets, the New York Times reports. The expansion includes the planned six-story-tall Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, which will be designed by Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects. The overhaul includes significant reconfigurations of 10 existing buildings and upgrades to the park surrounding the museum. The plan, which must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is expected to take roughly 18 months, with opening planned by early 2020.
In the last few days of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications to construct a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 681 Franklin Avenue, in northwestern Crown Heights, six blocks from the Franklin Avenue stop on the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. Now, Curbed and DNAinfo have renderings for various versions of the project. The building will actually appear as six stories and stand 60 feet tall, thanks to two mezzanine levels which weren’t included in the previous floor count. The building will also include 2,134 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
David Salem, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 30 Belvedere Street, in northern Bushwick, two blocks before the Myrtle Avenue stop on the J, M and Z trains. The building will total 4,663 square feet, which means units will average a rental-sized 666 square feet apiece. Boaz Golani’s Bronx-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record, and the lot is currently vacant.
Pearl Realty Management has filed applications to convert the vacant eight-story warehouse at 60 West Street, in southern Greenpoint, into a 155-key hotel. The building will gain a ninth floor and commercial operations will encompass 84,419 square feet of the building, which includes ground-floor retail and a restaurant. FXFowle Architects is the applicant of record, and the building suffered from a fire in 2006.
In July, Adam America Real Estate and Slate Property Group were in contract to acquire the development assemblage at 8-16 Nevins Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now the team has closed on the purchase, according to Crain’s. The developers paid $47.75 million for the site, and Vanke, a Chinese developer, is partnering to build a 33-story, 150-unit residential building. The tower will total 180,000 square feet, and retail space is also likely planned. Construction is expected to begin early next year, although multiple low-rise buildings must first be demolished.