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Image Source: SculptureCenter

When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:

  • 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
    forms and scale;
  • a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
    and restrooms;
  • an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
  • a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
  • upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
  • office and storage space improvements.

Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

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Image source: Commercial Property Executive

Commercial Property Executive reports that the Center Building, an eight-story, 450,000-square-foot office building at 33-00 Northern Blvd (GMAP), was sold for $84.5 million at the end of December. It was purchased a group of investors, one of which is Madison Marquette of Washington, DC. The building has 62 parking spaces underground and is currently 88% leased by businesses such as a law firm, a tech company, and plenty of NYC agencies like the Human Resources Administration, New York City Transit Authority, and the Department of Cultural Affairs. In fact, 71% of the leases in the building are with city agencies.