Early last year, the Newark City Council approved plans to build a 2.5-acre park in the city’s downtown. It would connect Prudential Center to the Ironbound’s Peter Francisco Park by bridging over Newark Penn Station, but it would also serve as the centerpiece of a multi-building mixed-use development of the surrounding vacant blocks. Last week, the city of Newark struck a deal with Edison Properties and J&L Parking Corporation to development the buildings, Newark Patch reports. Details on the new buildings are sparse, but there will be a significant number of residential units, retail space, and possible office space. Construction is expected to commence later this year and completion is tentatively set for July of 2018. The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation will head the construction of the park, being designed by MKW + Associates.
In October of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a five-story, 130-unit residential building at 1873 Starr Street, in western Ridgewood, located five blocks from the Jefferson Street stop on the L train. Now, Slate Property Group has sold the development site to Valyrian Capital and MGM Property Group for $18.5 million, according to Real Estate Weekly. The new owners plan to move forward with the approved project, which measures 141,929 square feet in total and will include 5,009 square feet of ground-floor retail space along with 3,000 square feet of community facility space. The apartment units should average 650 square feet apiece, with 45 of them to be rented at below-market rates. Amenities include a gym, a roof deck, a laundry room, and a garage for 64 bikes and 65 cars. Aufgang Architects is designing the building.
Property owner Transition Acquisitions is planning to convert the five-story, 57,800-square-foot former Globe Exchange Bank building, located at 815 Broadway in far-western Bushwick, into office space, Commercial Observer reports. The property is currently vacant and boasts 41,673 square feet of commercial space. According to the Schedule A, 15,600 square feet of retail space will span the ground floor, medical offices will be located in the cellar level, and the rest of the building will full-floor contain office spaces. Boaz Golani’s Bronx-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record. The current owner acquired the building in July of 2015 for $15.1 million and the conversion is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.
In January of 2016, filings were submitted to the Attorney General’s office for a 91-story, 275-unit luxury residential tower with retail space at 125 Greenwich Street, in the Financial District. Since then, foundation work has been underway and its developers – Michael Shvo, Vector Group, New Valley, and Bizzi & Parters Development – have been in talks to secure a roughly $500 million construction loan. Now, the New York Post reports $175 million in financing has been raised through the EB-5 program. New details also reveal the highest occupied floor will stand 990 feet above street level, although a crown will push the pinnacle of the supertall tower to a yet-to-be-determined height. Condominiums are expected to range from studios to a triplex penthouse. Rafael Viñoly Architects is the design architect. Completion is expected in 2018.
Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.