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Erdoğan-connected Foundation’s NYC Building Almost Complete

October 8th, 2021 14:10

A New York City real estate news site is report­ing that a build­ing for an Erdoğan-con­nect­ed foun­da­tion is near­ly com­plete. Accord­ing to the YIMBY report:

Sep­tem­ber 13, 2021, Con­struc­tion is near­ing top­ping out on Turken House, a 21-sto­ry mixed-use build­ing at 300 East 41st Street in the Mid­town, Man­hat­tan neigh­bor­hood of Mur­ray Hill. Designed by Perkins + Will for a non-prof­it com­pa­ny called The Turken Foun­da­tion, which pro­vides Turk­ish stu­dents with help obtain­ing schol­ar­ships and job oppor­tu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States, the near­ly 80,000-square-foot struc­ture will stand 227 feet tall and yield 82 turnkey res­i­dences with both sin­gle- and dou­ble-occu­pan­cy quar­ters. The ground-up edi­fice is locat­ed at the cor­ner of East 41st Street and Sec­ond Avenue, near both the Unit­ed Nations and Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal, and was pre­vi­ous­ly the site of two low-rise prop­er­ties that were pur­chased for a com­bined $17.5 mil­lion pri­or to demo­li­tion. Turken House is aim­ing for LEED Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion with a pro­gram goal of LEED Sil­ver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Fast Track Con­struc­tion is list­ed as the gen­er­al con­trac­tor for the project.

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The Turken Foundation’s stat­ed objec­tives include pro­vid­ing hous­ing as well as social and edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties to Turk­ish and Mus­lim stu­dents. Turken’s Chair­man of the Board, Behram Turan, is also a board mem­ber of the Turk­ish Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (TASC). Turken’s board also includes:

  • Ömer Faruk Albayrak, like­ly a rel­a­tive of Esra Albayrak’s husband.
  • TASC Trea­sur­er Memis Yetim.