NEW YORK | 733-739 2nd Avenue | FT | FLOORS

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Second Ave in Midtown is largely pretty crappy, so I welcome new development.

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Great news. I walked by there this morning and got a sense they were coming down. Can’t wait to see what it will be replaced with.

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Earlier today

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Earlier today

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Coming down soon.

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Michael Young photo

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Any renderings of what will be built?

Earlier today


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Should be changed to under construction.

Not till we see foundation work.

20 stories is disappointingly short for 40th Street in midtown Manhattan. It’s puzzling the law limits the height to only 20 stories in a place surrounded by 40+ story buildings and with such excellent transit, access to jobs, and infrastructure.

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I got something like this.
Any way to get the blueprints?

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Looks like some lot line windows will be lost.

Loan secured.

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Another day, another buzzer-beating construction loan from.

The world’s largest commercial bank provided [$75 million in construction financing to Brause Realty for its 20-story building with 157 apartments at 729 Second Avenue in Murray Hill.

The rental offering will include 48 affordable units in order to receive the 421a tax abatement, a tax-relief program that spurred new development projects.

The program expired in the summer of 2022 for projects that did not already have its footings in the ground, and a construction deadline looms ahead for the summer of 2026. The program was targeted by [critics for not supplying enough apartments to middle- and low-income households.

Lenders have their own requirements, however, and projects must generally be completed a year ahead of the city’s deadline and meet construction targets along the way. A failure to hit such benchmarks can be considered a default of the loan agreement.

Construction has been underway at the project, also known by its address at 251 East 39th Street, since October, according to Brause. The structure will span 154,000-square-feet and rise 220 feet on the corner of Second Avenue and 39th Street. CetraRuddy is the architect of record. Renderings show a glass facade with a series of setbacks beginning on the 15th floor.

The Brause family has owned portions of the development site since the 1960s, Brause president David Brause [told Crain’s last summer. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the project’s construction financing.

Brause Realty began as a stationery store in the 1920s, according to the company’s website, before owners Jack and Samuel Brause realized that trading real estate was more lucrative than selling paper, pens and envelopes.

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