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    Far West Side & Penn Station Area Development
    Approximately the area west of Fifth Avenue from 30th to 38th Street and the area west of Eighth Avenue from 40th to 28th Street.

    Project #1

    400 Fifth Avenue
    396-400 Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue between West 37th and 38th Streets)
    ~50 stories ~600 feet
    SOM/SLCE Architects
    Dev-Chetrit Brothers
    Residential Condominium
    Proposed 2005-2007







    SOM; AIANY Design Awards 2004
    http://www.aiany.org/designawards/2004/projects/226.htm



    http://www.thai3dviz.com




    New York Daily News
    What's up on Fifth?

    January 24, 2005

    There's a hole in the ground on Fifth Avenue not far from Lord & Taylor - and the Chetrit family is responsible for it. The real estate investors are planning a mixed-use development at 396, 398 and 400 Fifth Ave., south of W. 37th St., sources said.

    The buildings at 398 and 400 Fifth have just been torn down. And a permit's been issued allowing the facade of 396 Fifth to be demolished and replaced.

    People in the neighborhood got their hopes up that something really nice would be built at the site - because Trevor Davis, a high-profile builder of upscale residential towers, is listed as the property owner on city-issued demolition permits.

    Davis built the elegant apartment tower at 425 Fifth, which is just across the avenue from Chetrits' project. But he's not going to be involved in the Chetrits' project, sources said.

    A spokeswoman for the Chetrits did not respond to requests for comment.

    All contents © 2005 Daily News, L.P.



    Tower at 400 Fifth Avenue (New York City)
    http://www.architects.org/emplibrary/ACF5469.pdf

    designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (New York City – project team: Peter Magill
    AIA, Gary Haney AIA, Stephen Apking AIA, Aybars Asci, Barbara Kalish AIA, and Nick
    Holt)


    The massing of this 600-ft tower acknowledges its historic predecessors in this portion of the New York skyline, but the less contextual architecture of its surface is what shows the most imagination. The facades are unpredictable fields of offset planes that take full advantage of the reflective qualities of glass. The fascination with the building’s skin produces an elegant and interesting outcome – sufficient to deserve an award in its own right – and the designers’ search for an innovative relation between the building’s perceived volume and its surface adds dimension to their achievement.



    ESB webcam
    http://live7.truelook.com/face/newfa...imagemap.y=398


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    http://www.aiany.org/designawards/2004/projects/226.htm

    http://www.knowledgeplex.org
    Adjacent to the corner of 404 Fifth Ave. between East 37th and 38th streets is the site of two four-floor mixed-use buildings. The buildings are in the process of being demolished to make way for another luxury residential condominium development. Trevor Davis and the Chetrit Group are planning to develop the site. The new building is located across the street from Davis & Partners' 67-story mixed-use condominium at 425 Fifth Ave., which opened earlier this year.

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    NYSun
    May 31, 2005 Edition

    Wave of Construction Hits West Side, Making It 'Hottest Neighborhood'

    BY JULIE SATOW - Staff Reporter of the Sun
    URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/14601

    A wave of construction is crashing onto the Upper West Side, bringing 12 planned or proposed developments to an 11-block stretch between 59th and 70th streets, according to the civic group Coalition for a Livable West Side.

    The new buildings include Fordham University's proposed 2.4-million square-foot expansion along Amsterdam and Columbus avenues and a 35-story glass tower on a one-acre parcel at 59th Street.

    "We can support this growth," the chairman of the land use committee for Community Board 7, Richard Asche, said. "Historically speaking, the Upper West Side has nowhere near the population it did in the 1970s and 1980s."

    "This could be the hottest neighborhood in New York right now," a community activist and head of Friends of West-Park, Tom Vitullo-Martin, said.

    "Those who oppose the developments are mostly neighbors who don't want their light and air blocked, but these neighbors are usually in tall buildings with lower buildings next door that are getting built up," Mr. Vitullo-Martin, who also serves on Board 7's land use committee, said. "It is important to remember that nobody has a right to a view."

    Some community members are concerned that the building boom will lead to increased traffic and construction noise.

    "There will be an awful lot of construction in a very small area," the vice president of the coalition, Batiya Lewton, said. "The traffic will also increase, and it is already backed up along West End Avenue."

    Developers are drawn to the neighborhood because of market conditions, not the rezoning of the far West Side passed by the City Council earlier this year, Mr. Asche said.

    "It has to do with the fact money is relatively cheap, so construction is doable, and apartments are scarce," he said. "... Zoning usually follows what is happening in the market, not the other way around."

    Some developments are more popular than others. Insiders said the redevelopment planned by Fordham, on a "super-block" between 60th and 62nd streets, could face heavy community opposition. One problem, according to a community leader who wished to remain anonymous, is that the school is asking for waivers for restrictions that were put in place to prevent "overbuilding" of the neighborhood.

    The university is planning at least 10 buildings, including a 60-story apartment tower, on the superblock. The expanded campus would accommodate more than 10,000 students.

    At the same time, community leaders express enthusiasm about a plan for redevelopment at Lincoln Center. Officials of the arts complex have proposed a new facade for Alice Tully Hall, a new restaurant, and the widening of the sidewalks along 65th Street.

    American Continental Properties is beginning construction this summer on two buildings between 69th and 70th streets on West End Avenue after a plan for a 70-story tower, which would have used the air rights from the nearby Lincoln Towers development, fell apart. The new buildings will have 26 stories and 15 stories. The developers are also proposing an "as-of-right" 21-story residential building between 67th and 69th streets.

    Two buildings are under construction at 61st Street between West End Avenue and a new street, known as Freedom Place South. The two buildings, which are part of Donald Trump's Riverside South development and are built by the Atlantic Development Group, will house 211 rental units and 120 studio apartments for senior citizens.

    The home for senior citizens, at 33 West End Ave., will be run by the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty and will be 100% "affordable." It will also include more than 8,000 square feet of retail space.

    Other developments include a 31-story tower with 300 market-rate condominiums at 59th Street, and a 20-story tower at 60th Street by Touro College for Women that will include student housing and 95 luxury residential units.

    At 245 W. 69th St., LHL Realty is hoping to build two residential buildings, one of 30 stories and one of 15 stories, which would have as many as 515 residential units and parking for 185 cars. The plan will need to go through the city's Uniform Land Use Review Process.

    Another developer, A&R Kalimian Realty, has proposed to rebuild the former American Red Cross building at 66th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The developer is negotiating with the New York City Opera to be a tenant.

    Also, two hotels in the neighborhood are to be redeveloped: the Mayflower Hotel at Central Park West between 61st and 62nd streets, and the Radisson Empire Hotel at Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 63rd streets. Within the Lincoln Square special zoning district, the Mayflower Hotel can be built to a height of roughly 31 stories. It is eligible, however, for a 20% inclusionary housing bonus, which would allow additional stories in return for construction of some units of "affordable housing." While no plans have been released, a building at 210 W. 102nd St. is thought to be the site for the "affordable" units, according to the Coalition for a Livable West Side.

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    Seems like the west side in the 60s-70s need to be upzoned. Too many are topping out at 30 stories. Wasted opportunity.

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    I think this article belongs in the Upper West Side thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by tonyo
    NYSun
    May 31, 2005 Edition

    Wave of Construction Hits West Side, Making It 'Hottest Neighborhood'


    Project #2

    Tower 31
    9-17 West 31st Street
    31st Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
    41 stories 450 feet
    Costas Kondylis & Partners
    Dev-Tower 31, LLC (Jack Halpern)
    Residential Rental
    283 units 262,117 ft²
    Under Construction 2004-Winter 2005



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    http://www.mccartan.net/newwork/tower31/tower1.html



    http://www.knowledgeplex.org/

    "Plans are under way to build a residential rental tower on the site of a small parking garage located on 31st Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The developer has finalized a lease with the owner of the garage and purchased the adjacent building and intends to begin construction in this spring. A few blocks away, on the corner of 32nd Street and Fifth Avenue, there are plans for a residential condominium. At the present time the site includes a few walk-up buildings and a parking lot directly behind them."





    From April


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    Glad Tidings Church Tower
    325-327 West 33rd Street
    Konyk Architecture
    Mixed-Use
    Proposed




    Konyk
    Glad Tidings Church Tower
    325 West 33rd Street NYC


    http://www.konyk.net/

    There seems top be a new phenomenon in New York…churchs interested in development as a form of endowment for their future. Here the site is located adjacent to the present Farley Post Office Building designed by McKim, Mead & White. Future plans call for this to become the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Transit Center, the new Penn Station. The design is to incorporate a new church and community center in its base and apartments above.

    More renderings on the website.



    You can see the church here in this pic by Edward

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    At first glance I thought I saw Kondylis. For him this would've been something...
    That said, Im not sure what I think of this one, yet...

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    Glad Tidings Church did some renovation in the past couple of years (new paint, etc.) ...

    It seems a shame to lose these colorful old structures, but there is probably little that can be done about it.

    The proposal shows a cool looking building -- certainly a vast improvement on what went up next door.

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    New phenomenon? Hardly... think of Trinity Church which owns all that real estate around Hudson Sq.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    There seems top be a new phenomenon in New York…churchs interested in development as a form of endowment for their future.

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    Why are they leaving a nasty looking alley/gap between this and the Penmark? Why not just fill it in with a wider base?

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    tha is odd -- methought that the little doody brown building next to the existing church was a rectory-type building and part of the church.

    Perhaps the church is holding onto that for another future sale?

    This pic shows the gap from a different angle ...



    And this one shows what a nasty little alley will be created at street level:


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    Some more info on the Glad Tidings project:

    PROFESSIONAL WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION (PWC)

    http://www.pwcusa.org/files/Job.cfm?EID=99

    Real Estate Development Consultant
    Glad Tidings Tabernacle, Inc.
    New York , New York

    Date Available: December 15, 2004

    Glad Tidings Tabernacle is a member of the Assemblies of God, and is located at 325 West 33rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue. The current building - a rubble fill building dating from the 1890's - has no historical value, and the leadership of the church is planning to remove the current building and construct a new church/residential tower on the site. An architect has been engaged [ www.konyk.net ] and zoning has been taken care of.

    We will build 90,000 gsf, yielding about 80 apartments, 17 stories. Adjacent to the building is The Pennmark [good information about the area] www.thepennmark.com. We have equity capital, and a friendly banker [Mike Gallina of North Fork Bank]. We are putting together a development team. The church cannot afford to pay a developer fee based upon a percentage of the costs: those fees are need for the transition costs to pay for rental quarters while the site is under construction. We do need consultants, whom we will compensate on an hourly basis at the market rate. We are open to all suggestions and forms of compensation to acheive our goals.

    Currently, we are looking to build rentals, rather than condominiums - preferring the control and long term appreciation inherent in Manhattan rentals. For some background on the church:

    http://coveringreligion.org/archives/000462.asp

    http://pentecostalevangel.ag.org/New...609_sept11.cfm


    Requirements
    You must have strong credibility with banks and other lending and bonding agencies. This is a $25 million project. Inasmuch as the church will be developing itself, the quality of the develpment team must be of the highest caliber. Your name and reputation must carry all the weight.
    Experience
    working with HUD/State programs for affordable housing, including IRC Sec.42 credits
    For more information or to apply, contact:
    Attention: Bruce Kowal, CPA

    Glad Tidings Tabernacle, Inc.
    325 West 33rd Street
    New York, New York 10001
    Telephone: 201-232-2538
    Email: estocin@att.net

    Filing Deadline: January 14, 2005
    © 2002-2006, PROFESSIONAL WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION (PWC)

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    Glad Tidings Tower: 17 stories -- just half the height of the 35 story Pennmark next door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Perhaps the church is holding onto that for another future sale?
    Ah yes, the always famous "anticipated future development" that almost, always never seem to come around, leaving us with a perpetual eyesore of an alley. The design planning in this city is pitiful if not comical.

    On another note, wouldn't it be wiser to keep and restore the red-colored church and raze that beige box next door instead?


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    Giant News Cave Bought By Broadway for $700 Million

    It’s a Really Big Deal: Insatiable Partners Buy 1.7 Million Square Feet


    By John Koblin

    Now Mort Zuckerman will have to write his monthly rent checks to a rival.

    The home of Mr. Zuckerman’s prized asset, the Daily News, is in contract for more than $700 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

    A young and bullish landlord, Broadway Partners, will buy the 14-story media mecca at 450 West 33rd Street for more than $410 per square foot from a group of owners, led by Joseph Chetrit.

    Aside from the $1.8 billion sale at 666 Fifth Avenue that closed in January, this sale will be the largest of 2007 thus far.

    The 1.7-million-square-foot building, which is awash in the smell of newsroom body odor and deadline desperation, counts the News, the Associated Press, Channel 13, and U.S. News & World Report among its headliner tenants.

    For Broadway Partners, the deal is another huge splash into real estate. Last year, Broadway Partners took control of a portion of Beacon Capital Partners’ national portfolio for more than $3.3 billion, which includes the 60-story John Hancock building in Boston. (The 38-year-old building at 450 West 33rd Street, incidentally, used to be called the John Hancock building.)

    But this deal presents a sort of awkward arrangement for Mr. Zuckerman. When Broadway purchased the Beacon portfolio last year and its mass of properties, it made itself a direct rival of Mr. Zuckerman’s real-estate empire, Boston Properties.

    Mr. Zuckerman will now pay his newfound adversary every month.

    The Daily News and U.S. News & World Report (another Zuckerman asset) have at least 200,000 square feet in 450 West 33rd Street, according to a leasing broker at the building. If Mr. Zuckerman has no issue with dealing with Broadway Partners thus far, he might when he sees the new rent figures.

    For one thing, the News lease was signed in the mid-1990’s, which means Mr. Zuckerman locked in rent numbers at a below-market rate. And when the News lease ends, the Far West Side should be populated with new glass office towers and condos, which should hike rents up even more. The average asking rent in the building now, according to a market report, is $40 a foot.

    Broadway Partners knows exactly what it has gotten itself into. The building has 800,000 square feet of air rights available, the New York Post reported.

    The source familiar with the deal said that it had not been decided whether Mr. Chetrit or Broadway Partners would take the air rights.


    Representatives for Broadway Partners and Mr. Chetrit declined to comment.

    copyright © 2007 the new york observer, LLC

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    Didn't Max Capital propose a 50 storey addition at one point for the West Side Railyards Building?

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