Last week, the New York City Housing Authority launched a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a modern utilities system for the 28-building, 2,878-unit public housing complex called Red Hook Houses, in Red Hook. The proposed infrastructure upgrades are to include heat, hot water, electricity, and the systems of delivery for all three, according to DNAinfo. It would include two central plants, located on opposite ends of the complex at 592 Clinton Street and along Richards Street, in addition to 12 utility pods with generators. The new infrastructure is intended to disconnect Red Hook Houses from the electrical grid. That way, in the event of a black-out, the complex would be able to operate on its own. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is also chipping in $438,213,000 to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy. The money will be used to upgrade and renovate playgrounds, roofs, mechanical equipment, and a senior center, and contribute to the infrastructure project. Proposals are due in phases by July 22 and September 9. Kohn Pedersen Fox has already been tasked to design the project.
Singer Financial Corporation is finally moving forward with redeveloping the long-vacant former P.S. 64 facility at 350 East 10th Street, in the East Village, into a 225-unit student dormitory. The developer recently secured a $44 million loan for the project, dubbed University House, Commercial Observer reported. The 152,000-square-foot building, an individual landmark, will be able to accommodate 535 students for the Cooper Union and the Joffrey Ballet School. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor terraces, storage for 113 bikes, laundry facilities, a student health center, a private study, a lounge, and a café. TriBeCa-based Curtis + Ginsberg Architects is the architect of record. Redevelopment of the property, acquired in 1999 for $3.15 million, has been in legal limbo for the past few years. Exterior alterations to the building were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in June of 2013.
Less than two weeks ago, the foundation was completed for a new mixed-use tower in the Financial District. Now, new renderings are out for the building going up at 125 Greenwich Street, thanks to the eagle-eyed contributors on the YIMBY Forums, and they would appear to confirm a final height exceeding 1,000 feet, given the tower will stand taller than the nearby 977-foot-tall 4 World Trade Center at 150 Greenwich Street.
The last of the concrete has been poured for the New York Wheel, the 630-foot-tall Ferris wheel under construction next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. After four years of delays, CEO Rich Marin and his crew of investors are ready to start building the huge tourist attraction on the island’s North Shore.
The 12-story rental building at 69 East 125th Street in East Harlem is getting close to its full height. The developers have sent along shots of the construction, which has reached the 11th floor along 125th Street.