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:
- Esra Albayrak, Erdoğan’s daughter.
- Ömer Faruk Albayrak, likely a relative of Esra Albayrak’s husband.
- TASC Treasurer Memis Yetim.
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