In July of 2015, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich closed on the purchase of the five-story townhouse at 13 East 75th Street, on the Upper East Side, for $30 million, completing an assemblage which includes the multi-family building at 11 East 75th Street and the townhouse at 15 East 75th Street. So far, Abramovich has spent a total $78 million acquiring the three properties, and within the last few months, filed applications to combine them into an 18,225-square-foot mansion. The New York Post now reports the applications were, unsurprisingly, disapproved. Combining the buildings would be complex since the structures have uneven floor plates and the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve the project, as it’s located within the Upper East Side Historic District. Stephen Wang + Associates was serving as the architect of record.
As warm weather ushers the beginning of March, Rockrose Development’s 43-25 Hunter Street in Long Island City stands over 35-stories-tall. At 509 feet, the tower will become the fourth tallest in Queens upon its completion in 2017, when its 974 units will make it one of the city’s largest residential buildings.
In January, YIMBY brought you construction shots of New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s new 17-story, 733,500-square-foot David H. Koch Center at 445 East 68th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, the structure was roughly 14 stories up. Now, DNAinfo reports the project has topped out. The new building also has an address at 1283-1299 York Avenue, and it will serve as an multi-specialist outpatient center and a maternity ward. The maternity ward is being dubbed the Alexandra & Steven Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, and will span floors 12 through 17. Amenities will include dining rooms, conference centers, staff lounges, and a 128-car parking garage. The building, designed by HOK, is expected to open in 2018.
The Salvation Army is abandoning plans to demolish vacant wings of the former Bayley Seton Hospital in order to build a new community center, at 75 Vanderbilt Avenue, in the Clinton section of Staten Island. DNAinfo reports the plans were dropped due to economic challenges and a lack of financing for the project. The long-planned, Dattner Architects-designed Ray and Joan Kroc Corps. Community Center would have served as an educational and recreational hub for children. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo plans to work with the Salvation Army, and possibly others, over the next few weeks to draw up new plans for the sprawling site. The organization acquired six buildings across seven acres of the campus in 2009. Richmond University Medical Center currently operates in the main building.
Property owner Haim Levy, doing business as Phoenix Home Realty Inc., has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 129 Schaefer Street, in eastern Bushwick, located five blocks from the Wilson Avenue stop on the L train. The structure will measure just 5,133 square feet and its full-floor residential units should average 1,027 square feet apiece. That means family-sized rental units are probably in the works here. Queens-based Gerald J. Caliendo is the architect of record. The 19-foot-wide lot is currently vacant.