Construction is progressing on 685 Fifth Avenue, a 100,000-square-foot office-to-condominium conversion in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Marin Architects and developed SHVO in partnership with BLG Holdings and Deutsche Financial, the project involves the addition of ten floors atop the existing existing 20-story structure, bringing it to a total height of 350 feet tall. The $135 million project will yield 69 condominium units designed by March & White and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, as well as retail space with Fifth Avenue frontage marketed by Brookfield Properties. The property is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 53rd Street.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has upheld previous approvals for the expansion and renovation of two neighboring carriage houses at 410-412 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Designed by David Adjaye’s design studio, the proposals will combine the neighboring properties into a large single-family home and expand the structure to three floors above ground.
Permits have been filed for a 12-story residential building at 2702 Creston Avenue in Fordham, The Bronx. Located between East Kingsbridge Road and East 196th Street, the interior lot is near both Kingsbridge Road subway stations, serviced by the B, D, and 4 trains. Spaxel is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Permits have been filed for an eight-story residential building at 1616 Crosby Avenue in Pelham Bay, The Bronx. Located between Middletown Road and Daniel Street, the lot is two blocks south of the Buhre Avenue subway station, serviced by the 6 train. Alfred Mitaj under the First Structure LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Yesterday the New York State’s Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously ruled in favor of 200 Amsterdam Avenue‘s developers, SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America, and the construction of the Upper West Side’s current tallest skyscraper. The First Department ruling affirmed the building permits for the Elkus Manfredi Architects-designed structure, which stands 668 feet tall. It also serves as a win for the City of New York, while overturning the lower court’s February 2020 trial court ruling, which had sought to retroactively apply a draft zoning interpretation calling for a reduction in height for the 52-story tower.