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Standard High Line Hotel Hits Market in New York City

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25 May 2017, New York City, United States

A firm is putting its trendy, 338-room Standard High Line up for sale after paying $400 million for the building only three years ago, sources said. Sources also added that the hotel has been quietly on and off the market for the past few years. Read more.


Orion Towers Complex Wins Backing by Gold Coast Council

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24 May 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Orion Towers complex proposed for Surfers Paradise has been given the green light by the Council Planning Committee. The project will comprise two towers, one rising 76 stories and the other reaching up to 103 stories. Read more.


Construction Firms Selected for Rabat Tower

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23 May 2017, Rabat, Morocco

According to reports from Chinese news agency Xinhua, construction firms from China and Morocco have been selected to build BMCE Tower in Morocco’s capital, Rabat. At 250 meters, the proposed tower could become Africa’s tallest high-rise. Read more.


Contractor Named for Dubai Supertall Tower

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23 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction contractor Arabtec has announced it won a Dh1.46 billion (US$397 million) contract to build Al Wasl Tower in Dubai. The mixed-use tower is being developed on a site on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite Dubai Mall. Read more.


Kangaroo Point Project Receives Brisbane Council Approval after Height Reduction

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23 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After sending developers back to the drawing board, Brisbane City Council has granted approval for development on the Point Residences project in Kangaroo Point, on condition that the plans scale back the development by 30 percent. Read more.


Developer Awards Construction Contract for Dubai’s Palm Gateway

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22 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A Dubai-based developer says it has signed a construction contract worth nearly US$408 million for The Palm Gateway, a three-tower residential, retail, and beach club complex at the foot of the Palm Jumeirah. Read more.


Indianapolis’s Tallest Building Rebranded to Salesforce Tower

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22 May 2017, Indianapolis, United States

On May 20, customer relationship management (CRM) firm Salesforce celebrated the opening of its new offices in the rebranded Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis, the tallest building in the state of Indiana. Read more.


High-Rise Proposed for 2305 Webster Street in Oakland

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19 May 2017, Oakland, United States

A proposal is currently under review by city departments for a small, 0.12-hectare site at 2305 Webster Street in Oakland. Plans call for the construction of a 24-story mixed-use project with 130 residential units and 280 square meters of retail. Read more.


Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center to Hit the Market in Late Summer

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18 May 2017, Chicago, United States

The John Hancock Center could be getting a new owner – and maybe even a new name. A Chicago-based developer plans to put the tower's office space, parking garage, and naming rights up for sale, possibly by late summer. Read more.


New Owners Rebrand Seattle High-Rise Project

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15 May 2017, Seattle, United States

The team behind the Potala Tower, a 41-story mixed-use tower under construction in downtown Seattle, is rebranding the development as Arrivé. The tower is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. Read more.


Demo Permits Filed for Site of Proposed Supertall in New York City

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12 May 2017, New York City, United States

After a long-gestating but never-executed plan to develop buildings at 80 South Street and 163 Front Street in the South Street Seaport, the site’s owner has officially filed demolition permits at both locations. Read more.


Heritage Recommendation Advances Design for Nobu Residences in Toronto

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11 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto city staff have recommended approval for Nobu Residences' heritage plan, moving the project a step forward. Up next will be a May 18 review at the Toronto Preservation Board (TPB), which will continue the approvals process. Read more.


New Commercial Tower Planned as Part of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Renewal

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11 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane City Council has recommended approval of plans for a new office tower in Fortitude Valley. The 23-story tower will encompass the first phase of a US$368.5 million, multi-stage development. Read more.


Bandar Malaysia Complex on Hold as Government Cancels Development Deal

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11 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s biggest real estate project, the Bandar Malaysia complex, is in turmoil after the government canceled – without warning – a deal with its Chinese-Malaysian master developer, citing repeated failure to meet payment obligations. Read more.


Design Team Chosen for Etobicoke Civic Centre in Toronto

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10 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A team has won a competition to design the new Etobicoke Civic Centre, beating out proposals from three other contenders. The development will include municipal offices, community services, and an expansive outdoor plaza. Read more.


Affordable Mixed-Use Tower Proposed at 495 Eleventh Avenue in New York City

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09 May 2017, New York City, United States

The New York City Economic Development Corporation has selected a development team to build an affordable 234-unit, mixed-use tower at 495 Eleventh Avenue, located between West 39th and 40th Streets in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more.


New Owner Rekindles Redevelopment of London’s Elizabeth House

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08 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

The planned US$776 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House by Waterloo Station has been revived by new owners. The new scheme comprises two 29- and 10-story buildings that would provide offices, retail, and residential units. Read more.


Anchor Tenant Signs Lease for Proposed 110 North Wacker Drive in Chicago

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05 May 2017, Chicago, United States

An anchor tenant has been secured for a new 51-story office tower on Chicago’s Wacker Drive. The tenant will lease about 46,500 square meters in the proposed 125,400-square-meter high-rise at 110 North Wacker Drive. Read more.


Campaigners Attack Policy Shift to Allow More Tall Buildings in Westminster, London

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05 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A petition has been launched against a potential change to Westminster City Council’s policy on tall buildings. Meanwhile, the council is running an eight-week public consultation to garner opinion about expansion in the borough. Read more.


Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building

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03 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese developer has agreed to buy London’s iconic Leadenhall Building skyscraper for US$1.49 billion. On May 2, the company revealed its acquisition of the tower, which holds the title as the fourth-tallest building in London. Read more.


Lovejoy Wharf Sales Now Underway in Boston

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03 May 2017, Boston, United States

Sales at the 15-story, 157-unit Lovejoy Wharf building, located between the Zakim and Charlestown bridges, are now underway. Prices range from $750,000 to north of $3,000,000, with units ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms. Read more.


Second Phase of Aquablu Development Moving Forward in Laval

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02 May 2017, Laval, Canada

A waterside property in Laval will give rise to a 21-story follow-up to Phase One of the Aquablu complex. Plans for Phase Two include additional residences of varying sizes and layouts, as well as a selection of luxury amenities. Read more.


Miami’s Aria on the Bay Tops Out with 80 Percent of its Units Sold

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02 May 2017, Miami, United States

Aria on the Bay has become Miami’s latest luxury condominium to top out, with the 648-unit tower rising to 53 stories in Edgewater. The development is 80 percent sold and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Read more.


Condos Hit the Market at The Bridges Development in Abu Dhabi

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01 May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has found buyers for the first two towers of its Bridges development, which the company started marketing at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. It said it had received initial payments for all 424 off-plan apartments. Read more.


Supreme Court of the Philippines Allows Construction of Torre de Manila to Continue

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25 Apr 2017, Manila, Philippines

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on April 25 allowed construction to resume at the 47-story residential building Torre de Manila, dubbed by some as "photo bomber" to the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Read more.


Chicago’s Crain Communications Building Up for Sale

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24 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

Toronto-based Manulife has hired the Chicago office of HFF to seek a buyer for the 66,000-square-meter high-rise at 150 North Michigan Avenue, also known as the Crain Communications Building, which could fetch up to $132 million. Read more.


North Kensington Gate Development Granted Planning Approval in London

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24 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

An architecture firm is planning to build over 200 homes across two towers – including a 22-story building known as North Kensington Gate South – on Scrubs Lane in west London’s Old Oak Opportunity Area. Read more.


Proposed Four-Tower Residential Development Receives Backing from City of Melbourne

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21 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Toyota has received an endorsement by the City of Melbourne for their proposal to develop 1,000 new apartment units. The proposal includes a four-tower apartment project over its dealership, which is located just outside of the city’s CBD. Read more.


17-Story Tower in Ann Arbor, Michigan Granted Air Rights Approval

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21 Apr 2017, Ann Arbor, United States

The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has voted in favor of selling air rights to a project that is set to become one of the tallest in the city. The Collective is proposed to be a 17-story mixed-use development in the busy Midtown District. Read more.


New Parker Fulton Market Tower Up For Sale in Chicago

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19 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

The developers of the 29-story Parker Fulton Market – a 227-unit residential building located at the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted Streets – have put the "For Sale" sign up, even before taking the "For Rent" sign down. Read more.