Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed the initial design for a 10-story, 83-unit mixed-use building at 196 Orchard Street, on the Lower East Side, but now Magnum Real Estate Group and Real Estate Equities Corporation have made changes to the project. The Real Deal reports an 11-story, 94-unit structure is now planned. Ismael Leyva remains the design architect, while Incorporated Architecture & Design is designing the interior. Units will be condominiums, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, and a 30,000 square-foot Equinox gym will be located on the ground and second floors. Over the last few months, demolition of the site’s low-rise predecessors has wrapped up, and excavation equipment has arrived. Completion is expected in the second half of 2017.
The Ford Foundation Building, located at 320 East 43rd Street, in Midtown East, will be getting a $190 million renovation, according to the New York Times. The 12-story, 287,500 square-foot office building, a city individual and interior landmark, was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkello and Associates (KRJDA) and completed in 1968. It does not meet current-day building codes and the city is requiring its owners to install updates before 2019. In addition, the building’s office floors and suites will be modernized, and an art gallery, visitors’ center, and a 10th floor assembly space will be added. Gensler is designing the two-year renovation, and Raymond Jungles will be incorporating new indoor landscaping. The property is known for its unique 174-foot-high atrium and elaborate garden terraces.
The skyline of Jersey City is on its way to getting another addition. It was announced Wednesday that the LeFrak Organization, which has been building in the city for decades, broke ground for a 43-story building, dubbed Ellipse, in the Newport section at the city’s northern end, just south of the Hoboken border.
Construction is finally underway at a long-stalled development site at 1 Sullivan Place in Crown Heights, and we’ve got a rendering for the eight-story building rising on the corner of Washington Avenue, next to Prospect Park.
A landmark house in Crown Heights – a landmark that predates the historic district in which it now sits – will see new life, but with a split personality. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and conversion of 1375 Dean Street, also known as the George B. and Susan Elkins House, from a single-family home to two two-unit townhouses within the same structure.