Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed renderings for the first phase of Essex Crossing, a multi-site mixed-use project on the Lower East Side being developed by L+M Development, Taconic Investment and BFC Partners. Bowery Boogie now reports excavation has begun on the first building, located at 242 Broome Street, where a SHoP-designed 14-story, 55-unit mixed-use building is planned. Splitsville Lanes will occupy the basement, and other retail space is also expected on the ground floor.
Brooklyn Heights Cinema has gotten the final nail in its coffin. The existing nearly double height single-story structure at 70 Henry Street, which dates back to 1896, will be subsumed by a five-story building designed by Morris Adjmi, thanks to approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.
A committee assigned to propose changes for Midtown East’s zoning is expected to submit plans with the City by June 30th, hopefully facilitating a rezoning that would be formally crafted by the Department of Planning. The rezoning may give developers a boost in FAR in return for funding transit improvements. Also, developers may be able to transfer air rights from landmarked buildings to other properties within the district as-of-right, according The Wall Street Journal.
The 26-story, 350-dorm-unit Passive House building in the works at Cornell Tech Campus, on Roosevelt Island below the 59th Street Bridge, is now under construction, according to The New York Times. The 270,000 square-foot building, designed by Handel Architects, would be the tallest Passive House building in the world upon completion in 2017. Hudson Companies, Cornell Tech and Related Companies are developing, and the entire $2 billion campus should be built out over the next two decades.
Concrete and steel beams are up to the fourth floor of Aloft Hotel, a 176-key hotel project at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City, The Court Square Blog reports. The development will span 68,160 square feet on the thru-block lot, featuring an 18-story tower on Jackson Avenue and a thinner eight-story counterpart on Hunter Street. Gene Kaufman is designing and Nissim Seliktar is listed as the property’s owner. Completion is expected in Spring 2016.