The South Bronx is suddenly booming with new construction. Most of the action is happening along the waterfront in Mott Haven and Port Morris, but investors looking for cheaper properties have started paying attention to neighborhoods below the typical real estate radar, like Highbridge.
HAP Investments made its mark on Manhattan building splashy rental buildings in Harlem and Washington Heights. Now, the firm is pushing forward with its first major downtown project, a two-building, 290,000-square-foot residential development on West 28th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. They’ve filed plans for the second 21-story building in the complex, at 225 West 28th Street.
In September of 2015, Stellar Management acquired, for $12 million, the two-story, 7,500-square-foot commercial building at 130 Second Avenue. That’s located on the corner of St. Marks Place in the East Village. It has now been revealed that Stellar will renovate the existing building, formerly occupied by a Chase bank branch. It will become the headquarters of the currently TriBeCa-based non-profit art organization Swiss Institute, Curbed NY reported. Besides upgraded office space, new elements will include event spaces, a library, a bookstore, and a rooftop terrace. Selldorf Architects is designing the renovation and completion is expected in 2017.
Construction is now two stories above street level on the seven-story, 106-unit mixed-use building under development at 500 East 14th Street, on the corner of Avenue A in the East Village. The progress can be seen in a Curbed NY report. The entire project, which will include another seven-story, 54-unit component at 524 East 14th Street, will encompass 253,432 square feet, per the latest building permits. There will be 56,610 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels between the two buildings. Over the summer, Target leased 42,367 square feet of space in the larger one. The residential units will be condominiums and should average 1,215 square feet apiece. Extell Development Company is the developer and Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in 2017.
An anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC has filed applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 1104 Bedford Avenue, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant. The project will measure 11,627 square feet. It will host 519 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, followed by residential units averaging 1,111 square feet apiece. Since the apartments will be relatively large for new residential construction in that part of Brooklyn, condominiums are probably in the works. Amenities include laundry facilities, a recreation room, and storage space. Genaro R. Urueta’s Maspeth-based Studio Gallos is the architect of record. The 59-foot-wide, 5,577-square-foot property is currently occupied by a dilapidating single-story structure. Demolition permits were filed in August. The Bedford-Nostrand Avenues stop on the G train is four blocks away.