Foundation work is underway for Disney’s 1.2 million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Alternately addressed as Four Hudson Square, the 22-story, 320-foot-tall structure is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and is being developed in partnership with Silverstein Properties. Disney purchased the parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million, and Skanska was responsible for the demolition of four structures that wrapped up last summer. Lendlease is in charge of constructing the new headquarters, which is bound by Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, Hudson Street to the west, and Vandam Street to the north.
The Jersey City Housing Authority is preparing to launch the nation’s first municipal vertical farming program in an effort to provide free, nutritious food to vulnerable communities. The Vertical Farming Program will consist of ten vertical farms throughout Jersey City.
New details and renderings have been released for The Astor LIC, a six-story mixed-use development that will add 143 rental units to the market this year. Located at 36-20 Steinway Street in Long Island City, Queens, the ground-up new build is designed by SLCE Architects and developed by JMH Development and Mettle Property Group. Leasing is expected to begin next month for the residences, with Corcoran New Development as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.
Permits have been filed for a five-story residential building at 42-10 147th Street in Flushing, Queens. Located between Sanford Avenue and Ash Avenue, the interior lot is closest to the Main Street subway station, serviced by the 7 train. Tanfeng Huang under the J&J 147th Realty LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Exterior work is progressing rapidly on Google’s 1.3 million-square-foot office at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the building is the main component of the “Googleplex” that encompasses a total of 1.7 million square across three structures, along with 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street. Turner Construction is responsible for building the 12-story edifice that spans two full city blocks between West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation building.