In August of 2014, YIMBY brought you the first glimpse of the 39-story, 465-key Virgin Hotel planned at 1225 Broadway, in Midtown South, and we revealed more renderings in January of this year. According to Commercial Observer, the developer has now broken ground on the 500,000 square-foot building, which will eventually contain 90,000 square feet of retail space. The hotel portion will measure 300,000 square feet, and 30,000 square feet will be designated as amenity space for guests. The Lam Group is the developer, while VOA Associates is the design architect, and completion is expected in 2018.
Last summer, a developer was brought in to build the 202-unit residential portion of Rivertowns Square, a mixed-use project in Westchester’s Dobbs Ferry, and now the lead developer, Saber Dobbs Ferry LLC, is bringing in Maryland-based Baywood Hotels Inc. to construct and manage a 138-key, 83,000 square-foot Hilton Garden Inn, per Westfair. The hotel will be located at 35 Livingstone Avenue, atop a two-story retail podium, formerly the site of a research facility. The head developer secured a $42 million loan earlier this month, and completion is expected in 2016.
Two weeks ago, YIMBY posted the first exteriors for the Robert A.M. Stern-designed revamp of One Wall Street, and now a new video for the project has appeared, featuring its developer Harry Macklowe, which comes with fresh renderings of what the project’s retail may look like.
The Bronx’s sleepiest neighborhoods have become a hotbed for small, market-rate developments. Friday’s filings brought one of these projects at 508 Van Nest Avenue, in the northeastern Bronx neighborhood of Van Nest.
The Menorah Home for the Aged’s long-neglected campus in Bushwick is about to sprout more apartments, after plans were filed to erect a new building and expand two old ones last month. Landlord Moshe Braver is planning a second new rental building at 885 Bushwick Avenue.