Monthly Archives: April 2021

Caven Point Studios in Jersey City Nears Completion

Originally slated for a 2020 opening, construction is finally near completion on the Caven Point Studios at Canal Crossing in Jersey City, New Jersey. The movie studio project was initially announced in Fall 2019 and will be the largest in the state.

What Are the Details of the Project?

An existing building has beed demolished and two warehouses are being redeveloped into a film and television production studio complex. The entire project is 135,000 square feet, with 70,000 of that dedicated to studio space and three sound stages.

The project’s developer and contractor is the Criterion Development Group, which purchased the 5.6-acre site for $16.75 million in March 2019. They chose to build a movie studio outside of New York City to take advantage of the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Program. They used local design firms Dresdner Robin Engineering of Jersey City and Ware Malcomb of New York City.

Why Is This Project Important?

Mayor Steven Fullop of Jersey City has said that he hopes the construction of Caven Point Studios will aid in redeveloping the city and preserving the area’s robust industrial history.

The new studio is expected to boost the local economy. The construction itself has already brought an influx of local jobs. The passing of the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act in 2018 helps developers consider projects like this throughout New Jersey to help revitalize areas that may need it. The state’s proximity to New York City makes it an ideal location for a movie studio. 

Construction is expected to complete in Spring 2021.

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Phase 2 of Ronkonkoma Hub to Begin This Year

Phase 2 construction of the multi-million dollar Ronkonkoma Hub project in Brookhaven is expected to begin sometime in 2021, and full completion of the project is slated for 2027 at this time. 

The hub will be a mixed-use community and residential area across from the LIRR station, allowing residents an easy commute to where they need to go.

Phase 1 was completed in 2019, with some of the planned 489 units completed.

What Are the Details of the Project?

There are plans for five phases in all. 

Particulars for phase 2 include:

  • 544 residential units
  • 16,000 square feet of office space that extends to an LIRR station parking lot
  • 104,000 square feet of retail space

The project is expected to include stores, offices, restaurants, and apartments and totals 53 acres in all. Because phase 1 has already been completed, 245 residential units are already completed and occupied. Empire State Development is helping to fund the $700 million project with $55 million. Developers on the project are Jones Lang LaSalle of Chicago, IL. The design firm is Niles Bolton Assoc. Of Atlanta, GA, and the contractors are TRITEC

Why Is This Project Important?

The project is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs during its tenure as well as 2,500 permanent jobs. 

The Ronkonkoma Hub creation also goes hand in hand with major upgrades to the Long Island Railroad, which just received $5.9 million in upgrades as of 2018.

Long Island council members are dedicated to making Long Island an attractive place to live while also making it an easy commute into the city for work. Local officials believe it is important to have amenities near transit, both for residents and travelers. 

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Amazon’s Largest Fulfillment Center Planned in Wilmington, DE

Amazon has formidable familiarity with Delaware, as it was the site of their first fulfillment center that was first constructed in 1997. In 2020, Amazon announced plans to build their third fulfillment center in the First State, on the site of an old General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington that had been closed for nearly 10 years. The other fulfillment centers are located in New Castle and Middletown.

What Are the Details of the Project?

Amazon has not announced full details of the project as of yet, but the building will be a 5 ½ story complex that will ship out household goods, electronics, toys, books, and other similar items. This will be the largest building to ever be constructed in Delaware and is expected to house 1,000 workers.  The developer is Dermody Properties out of Morristown, New Jersey, with Apex Engineering, Inc. of Newport, Delaware employed as the design firm.  Dermody Properties is listed as the contractors on the project. Harvey, Hanna & Associates completed the demolition in 2019. 

Why Is This Project Important?

In February 2020, the state of Delaware paid Amazon $4.5 million in an up-front grant to move to the site in order to bring more jobs to the state, While the plant will rely heavily on robotics, it plans to bring 1,000 jobs to the area by the 2021 holiday season. During the hearing for the grant, Amazon officials testified under oath that they would pay entry-level workers $15 per hour and managerial staff $32 per hour. All workers will also receive “full medical, vision, and dental insurance” in addition to a 401(k) plan, which Amazon pledged a 50 percent company match as well as tuition aid. 

Completion of construction is anticipated by Summer 2021, with employment anticipated before the 2021 holiday season begins.

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After Topping Off Tower A, Hudson Yards Moves Closer to Completion

In 2017, Douglaston Development first announced plans for two towers at Hudson Yards, a 62-story building at 601 West 29th Street, and a 32- story building at 606 West 30th Street (as of 2021, that building is now a 37-story unit). 

Demolition permits were approved in 2017, and 2018 and demolition was completed by 2019, and building permits were also completed in 2019. As of March 2021, the project is ongoing; however, construction of Tower A has topped out as of February. 

What Are the Details of the Tower Project?

Tower A, where construction has just topped off, sits at 601 West 29th Street, and is 62 stories high with 940,546 square feet of usable space. At 695 feet high, it will be an L-shaped skyscraper that offers residents panoramic views from most apartments. The developers include Ares Management, Douglaston Development, and Frank Lalezarian dba Mineola Metro, LLC. 

Contractors for the project include Levine Builders, Oliviero Construction, and Regal Reconstruction Corp. Architects include FXCollaborative Architects and Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C.

There will be 931 residential units. Amenities for the tower include:

  • a dog grooming facility
  • parking for 186 cars and 467 bicycles
  • a terrace on the 40th floor with a resident lounge and library
  • a 6th-floor terrace with an outdoor pool
  • additional resident lounges
  • 9,496 square feet of retail space at the ground level

Tower B sits at 606 West 30th Street, and construction is ongoing. This skyscraper will be 37 stories high, standing 529 feet tall. There will be 277 residential units overall, some with balconies included. This tower will have a glass facade, according to the Department of Buildings. Amenities include a pool, playroom, a fitness center, and a garage with room for 60 cars and 142 bicycles. 

Why Is This Project Important?

According to Douglaston Development, 234 units in Tower A will be designated as affordable units, which is significant for the neighborhood residents. Additionally, Douglaston also closed on 120,000 square feet of air rights from Hudson River Park as part of the entire sale. The developer said that the proceeds from that would go to “significant park improvements in the neighborhood.”

Tower A is expected to complete by Summer 2022, and Tower B’s construction is ongoing, with a full project completion date set for sometime in 2023. 

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Approval Sought to Turn Historic Philadelphia Firehouse Into Apartments

In July 2020, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority first approved the sale of the Firehouse 29 building for redevelopment into 29 apartment units. The building, which resides at 1221 N. Fourth St., sold for $1.6 million in 2020 to developer Jeffrey Tubbs. 

He is associated with the Make the World Better Foundation, a nonprofit organization that NFL player Connor Barwin also co-founds. The developers gained ZBA approval in January 2021; however, it is still under review by the Philadelphia Historical Commission because of the historical nature of the property. 

What Are the Details of the Project?

The Make the World Better Foundation is working with the design firm Continuum Architecture & Design, PC, and Philadelphia to restore the existing building and build a five-story building on a lot in the rear of the property. The property is zoned multi-family, so the proposed use of apartments is not against zoning, but because the building is on the Historic Register, it requires additional approvals. 

Plans include:

  • rehabilitation of the existing facade
  • installation of green roofing 
  • demolition of the existing roof with the construction of a one-story addition 
  • the construction of the five-story building in the back. 

There are plans for a roof deck with included amenities. Nine apartments will reside on the upper floors, and new window installments will be compatible with the original building’s old historical “look”. There will also be ground floor parking available, and some units will be designated affordable housing units.

Why Is This Project Important?

The historic 127-year-old building has been vacant since 1979 when the firehouse moved to a modern station on Girard St. The building has been used only to house paperwork and public record. 

Not only will having apartments, some of them affordable housing, put the building to good use while renovating it and preserving its history, but there will also be some aspects of community revitalization because Make the World Better is involved. While the foundation is typically involved with commercial projects, there will be mentoring and apprenticeship programs to better the community. 

Because developers are still waiting for approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission, no target date for completion has been set. 

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