NYC real estate in brief

June 02, 2009 03:03PM

Upper West Side school gets green extension
The Mandell School on
the Upper West Side will expand into a new green facility at 795
Columbus Avenue, a 15-story apartment building that’s part of the
Columbus Square development. Columbus Square is a 320,000-square-foot
residential and retail community being developed by the Chetrit Group.
The school, which already has three locations on West 94th, 95th and
96th streets, will occupy 60,000 square feet at the building. Aragon Construction and JRS Architect, which have been tapped
for the project, will utilize sustainable building materials, including
rubber flooring, high-efficiency lighting, and a living wall — a wall
completely covered in vegetation. Eventually, the school hopes to
obtain LEED certification for the space.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to lease Long Island office space

The
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has leased 12,805 square feet of class A
office space at Atria East, a six-story, 207,000-square-foot office
building at 990 Stewart Avenue in Garden City, Long Island.  The new
space, owned by Treeline Companies, will serve as a relocation for the
army corps and will be used primarily for administrative and recruitment
purposes. Kraig Silver, executive vice president of Treeline,
represented the owner in the transaction and James Wenk of Jones Lang
LaSalle represented the tenant.

‘Art Battle’ for chance to design mural at new condo complex
Alchemy
Properties and Art Battles Mission, which produces art events, are
teaming up to sponsor “The Living Art Exhibition,” a two-week-long art
exhibit beginning June 8 at the Red Bull space at 40 Thompson
Street. Eight artists will compete for the chance to design a public
mural for the exterior walls of The Griffin Court Condominium,
Alchemy’s new development in Hell’s Kitchen. Out of the eight artists,
four will move on to compete at Central Park’s Summer Stage, where the
final winner will be chosen. In addition to designing the mural, the
winner will also receive a $20,000 stipend, an art show hosted by
Alchemy Properties at the Griffin, a consultation with a top art dealer
and a permanent display of the artist’s work in the building’s lobby. TRD