After entering into contract nearly a year ago, Extell Development has closed on the purchase of the single-story, 128,250-square-foot Gristedes grocery store at 350 East 86th Street, on the Upper East Side, for $93 million. The acquisition was funded with a $55 million mortgage, Commercial Observer reported. The developer also owns the neighboring four- and five-story tenement buildings at 1645-1651 First Avenue. Combined with the new acquisition, the 20,650-square-foot assemblage now supports 206,500 square feet of new mixed-use development up to 210 feet above street level. The developer is apparently planning a 20-story, 200-plus-unit condominium project at the site, although there aren’t many details on it. Demolition permits haven’t been filed for any of the Extell-owned properties, but Gristedes is expected to vacate the premises later this year.
In 2006, a doctor involved in a bitter divorce destroyed his four-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. The explosion also killed the doctor, earning him the nickname “Dr. Boom.” Now, there is a new approved proposal for what will fill the vacant lot.
Willoughby Avenue between Central and Evergreen avenues in Bushwick used to be a reminder of the city’s worst years, with an odd mix of decrepit wood frame houses, vacant lots, and garages. But several new buildings have transformed the block in the last decade, and now another project is set to join the mix.
Since rising above street level in March of 2016, the 23-story, 120-unit mixed-use project under development at 56 Fulton Street, on the corner of Cliff Street in the Financial District, has grown to 10 stories. The construction progress can be seen thanks to a photo taken by Tectonic. The 128,540-square-foot tower will eventually host 5,865 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 120 rental apartments, ranging from 450-square-foot studios to 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms. Twenty percent of them, or 24 units, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include storage for 61 bikes, a fitness center, laundry facilities, a lounge, a dining room for events, a game room, and an outdoor terrace on the 23rd floor. The Parkland Group and Socius Development Group are the developers. Goldstein, Hill & West Architects is the design architect, with Andrés Escobar designing the interiors. Completion can probably be expected in early 2017.
Queens-based Samiara & Max Holding has filed applications for two three-story, two-family buildings at 170-17 – 170-19 105th Avenue, located on the corner of 171st Street in Jamaica (just east of its downtown). The new buildings will measure 3,358 square feet and 3,322 square feet respectively. Across both, the residential units should average a family-sized 1,202 square feet apiece. In each structure, there will be one unit on the ground floor, followed by another on the second and third floors. Amenities include a rooftop recreation area atop the buildings, a total of three off-street parking spots (two enclosed), and storage space in the cellar. Bakhtiar Shamloo’s Kew Gardens-based Tabriz Design Group is the architect of record. The 5,000-square-foot corner lot is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in April.