Sales Beat

Sunset Park Development Sells for Nearly $20M

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Marcus & Millichap has arranged the sale of a 123,785-square-foot, two-story industrial building at 150 52nd Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for $19.5 million.

The lot currently holds an industrial building with seven commercial tenants and a 30,631-square-foot open parking lot, but it carries with it 201,930 square feet of total buildable air rights. The demand for development opportunities in the area led to a sale price that came in $2.7 million over the asking price, brokers said. Read More

The Lobby

Michael Schlein Appointed as Chairman of NYCEDC Board

Michael Schlein. (Credit: Accion)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Michael Schlein as chairman of the board of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Schlein, a veteran of the financial services industry, currently serves as president and chief executive of Accion, a nonprofit microfinance firm. Previously, Mr. Schlein worked as president of International Franchise Management at Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Schlein gained public service experience as chief of staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and served in economic development roles under Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More

Health care

New York’s Life Sciences Industry Grows

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As collaboration between academic research facilities and the life sciences industry increases, New York is quickly becoming a viable alternative to more established lab hubs in San Francisco, San Diego and Cambridge, Mass. But there are still hurdles to overcome.

The issue isn’t talent. New York has the highest concentration of medical research facilities in the country. Nor is it money. In December, the New York Economic Development Corporation established a $100 million early-stage life sciences funding initiative alongside Celgene, GE Ventures and Eli Lilly.

It’s lack of space. Read More

Getting Techy

Clean Tech Incubator Opens in Downtown Brooklyn

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A clean technology incubator, supporting startups and hosting educational programming, has opened in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering announced.

Urban Future Lab, a 10,000-square-foot business incubator has opened at NYU School of Engineering’s Downtown Brooklyn campus, on the 19th floor of Forest City Ratner’s 15 MetroTech. Designed to support the clean technology sector, Urban Future Lab combines a business incubation program with a product demonstration and exhibition space. It also offers educational programming and job training workshops. Read More

New Developments

Willets Point Businesses Agree to Bronx Move

A rendering of the Willets Points redevelopment.

A group of between 40 and 60 businesses has signed a lease to relocate from Willets Point, Queens to Hunts Point in the Bronx, paving the way for Related Companies’ and Sterling Equities’ proposed mixed-use development in the shadow of Citi Field.

The businesses, known collectively as the Sunrise Cooperative, are eligible for approximately $2 million in funds allocated for area tenants relocating in groups of five or more, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. In total, the city has set aside $3 million for relocating businesses. The money is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More

BIDs

Trinity’s Pizer Named as Chair of Hudson Square BID

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Jason Pizer, president of Trinity Real Estate, has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Square Connection, the business improvement district announced today. Mr. Pizer replaces Laura Walker, president and chief executive of New York Public Radio, who had held the role since 2009.

“In just four years, the BID, working with other area stakeholders, has crystallized a vision for the neighborhood’s future,” said Ellen Baer, president of the Hudson Square Connection, in a statement. “Jason has played an instrumental role in determining the BID’s priorities, nurturing the area’s transformation and devising a strategy to create what will soon become New York City’s most sustainable neighborhood.” Read More

South Street Seaport

CB1 Looks to Delay Howard Hughes Seaport Development

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Community Board 1 claims to have received assurances from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Manhattan Borough President that the city will not move forward with the approval process for Howard Hughes Corporation’s planned redevelopment of the South Street Seaport before a community planning process is completed. The process may take the form of a community task force, according to board members, but the details have yet to be confirmed.

“Our chairperson announced that we are working together to figure out what the planning process will be,” Diana Switaj, CB1’s director of planning, told Commercial Observer. “It’s likely to be a task force, but we haven’t decided exactly.”

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Sales Beat

Peebles Pays $160 M. for 346 Broadway

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The Peebles Corporation has closed on the $160 million purchase of 346 Broadway in Tribeca, making it the largest single building sale in the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s history, The Commercial Observer has learned.

Peebles will partner with Elad Group to redevelop the landmarked building, with plans to transform the 419,000-square-foot space into Read More

The Sit-Down

Helping Hudson: Ellen Baer on Transforming Hudson Square

Ellen Baer of the Hudson Square Connection (Photo: Mike Nagle)

Last month, the Hudson Square Connection, the Hudson Square neighborhood’s business improvement district, announced it was teaming up with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Council on a $27 million streetscape improvement plan. The move is the latest step in transforming the once industrial hub of the city’s printing industry into a vibrant 24/7 community. The neighborhood, home to a daytime population of approximately 60,000, slows down dramatically once the lights go off at night. But that’s set to change. Recently rezoned, Hudson Square will soon be redeveloped to capture Downtown Manhattan’s booming residential growth. With the likes of Trinity Real Estate, Edward Minskoff, Beacon Capital and Jack Resnick & Sons already involved in developments in the neighborhood, it’s all happening in Hudson Square. Ellen Baer, president of Hudson Square Connection, spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about how the streetscape improvement plan and rezoning fit together and the vision for Hudson Square’s future. 

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Development

Condo Building Slated at Former Extell Hotel Site

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Angelo, Gordon & Co. is reportedly planning a 13-story condo development at 68 Charlton Street in Hudson Square, where Gary Barnett once intended to build a 35-story luxury hotel. 

The investment firm paid Mr. Barnett’s Extell Development $52 million for the site in June and has filed plans with the Department of Building for the 79-unit condo building designed by Read More

Neighborhoods

Hudson Square to Get $27 M. Makeover

The first phase will allow for a transformation of the park at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue (Photo: NYC Business Solutions)

New York’s Hudson Square neighborhood is getting a $27 million makeover thanks to funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Council and matching funds from the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District.

The move reflects a shift from the center of the city’s printing industry into one clustered with Read More

Tech and the City

Bill Rudin Among Leaders of Downtown Alliance Tech Initiative

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The Downtown Alliance has announced LaunchLM, a city-backed initiative aimed at bringing together tech innovators below Chambers Street.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced the endeavor, which will be advised by a group of leaders including Rudin Management’s Bill Rudin, during a speech last week on New York City’s post-9/11 renewal.

“This new initiative will advance the tech community in Read More

Wired City

An Attempt to Bring Resiliency to the Commercial Masses Leaves Some Things Unaccounted For

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The office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, recently announced that the Planning and Resiliency Office is now working with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) to create a new Telecommunications Planning and Resiliency Office.

The goal in joining together is to develop a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to achieve “telecommunications resiliency.” Read More