Ten years after the city rezoned a desolate, industrial section of the South Bronx waterfront, the area is on the edge of a major transformation. The latest evidence of that change comes with an application to build a 12-story hotel at 82 Brown Place, between Bruckner Boulevard and the Harlem River freight yards.
Gary Barnett’s Extell Development is moving forward with an unknown project on the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 46th Street, in Midtown’s Diamond District. Curbed NY reports the developer recently filed demolition permits for six five-story commercial buildings spanning 3-13 West 46th Street. The row of buildings are currently masked with black netting, which means demolition should begin soon.
The city is moving forward with plans to seize multiple Coney Island waterfront properties along the amusement park’s Boardwalk, New York Post reports. The properties will total 75,000 square feet. 60,000 square feet of vacant land will be acquired between West 15th and 16th streets, where the old Thunderbolt roller coaster once stood, another vacant tract of land between West 22nd and 23rd streets will change hands, and, finally, a 9,000-square-foot amusement shop at West 12th Street is targeted. The Parks Department will build a long-planned esplanade connecting the park’s existing attractions at the Thunderbolt site, in addition to building new attractions. In the process, infrastructure work will occur in order for mixed-use developments to rise within the surrounding neighborhood. The eminent domain actions are expected to take a year.
Just as the MTA considers a lengthy L train shutdown to repair flood damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Department of City Planning has kicked off the approval process for Williamsburg’s first new office building in decades. But the rezoning for the development at 25 Kent Avenue includes a policy that could shape industrial areas throughout the city. It would create a special district that allows developers to trade light manufacturing space for extra office space.
Sabey Data Center Properties is in the middle of renovating the former Verizon Building, a 32-story, 1.1-million square-foot building at 375 Pearl Street, in Lower Manhattan’s Civic Center. The building was designed by Rose, Beaton & Rose and completed in 1976. Up to 15 floors, or 500,000 square feet, are being converted into office space, dubbed Intergate.Manhattan, and the remaining area will be exclusively data center space. Three sides of the building on the new office levels will receive a glass façade. According to The Real Deal, the city’s Department of Finance is planning to lease 175,000 square feet of space located on the 26th through 30th floors. Other smaller leases have been signed over the past two years, and the renovation is expected to be complete by the end of this year.