Boston Properties is conducting a $150 million renovation on the six-story, 200,000-square-foot commercial building at 159 East 53rd Street, in Midtown East. The structure, known as the base component of the 59-story former Citigroup Center at 601 Lexington Avenue, will receive a redesigned façade with larger windows and a new private lobby and entrance. The ground-floor and below-grade retail spaces will also see renovations, as well as the installation of a food hall and dining area, Crain’s reported. A renovation to the public plaza beneath 601 Lexington is also in store. Since the complex was designated an individual landmark on Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations. The building is currently vacant.
A Jackson Heights-based property owner has filed applications for an eight-story, 22-unit mixed-use building at 308 East 106th Street, in southern East Harlem. The project will measure 25,700 square feet and rise 80 feet above street level. It will include 1,357 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, followed by residential units, averaging 855 square feet apiece, on the second through eighth floors. Midtown South-based KR Design Group is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,046 square-foot assemblage is occupied by a single-story commercial structure. Demolition permits have not been filed.
After years of controversial approvals and political wrangling, Fortis Property Group announced last month that they would forego a rezoning for the Long Island College Hospital campus in Cobble Hill and build a development where they don’t have to include affordable housing. Now the firm has filed plans for a 17-story, mixed-use building at 350 Hicks Street, on the western edge of the former state-owned hospital complex.
Foundation work is well underway on the eight-story, 73-unit apartment-hotel under development at 138 Bowery, in Little Italy. Work can be seen in images from an update by Bowery Boogie. The 53,088-square-foot project will rise 85 feet in height, per the latest building permits. Retail space will occupy parts of the ground floor and an upper mezzanine level, followed by a 46 hotel rooms on the second through fifth floors. The top three floors will contain 27 residential units, averaging 513 square feet apiece. Emmut Properties is the developer and Middle Village-based Allen Shinfeld is currently listed as the applicant of record. Completion is expected in late 2017.
Hoboken-based Urban Square Properties is moving forward with demolition work to make way for a six-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 500 Palisades Avenue, located on the corner of Bowers Street in The Heights section of Jersey City. The project will include 2,834 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, as well as a gallery. There will also be a 14-car parking garage, Jersey Digs reported. Lee Levine Architects is behind the design. The project was approved in May by the city’s Zoning Board. Urban Square then purchased the property, previously owned by CLG Properties, for roughly $1.9 million during the summer. A targeted completion date has not been revealed.