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Peter Castellana III

President/ CEO at Cactus Holdings/Western Beef

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports The De La Salle School in their 17th Annual Spring Gala

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support Church The De La Salle School of Freeport, NY in support of their 17th Annual Spring Gala through a donation.

Here’s an overview of what The La Salle School is from their website:

“THE DE LA SALLE SCHOOL IS A CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE THAT SHARES IN THE LASALLIAN HERITAGE AND EXISTS TO PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR YOUNG MEN FROM ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED CIRCUMSTANCES.

WE NURTURE EACH STUDENT’S GROWTH, SPIRITUALLY, ACADEMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND PHYSICALLY IN COLLABORATION WITH HIS PARENT(S) AND GUARDIAN(S).

WE EMPHASIZE RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE, THEREBY PREPARING THE YOUNG MEN TO BE CARING CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.”

Contributions go towards supporting the school’s Graduate Support Program. Please visit their website so you can see how you can get involved and make a difference.

 

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Peter Castellana leads Cactus Holdings into The Real Deal’s Top Ten Biggest Projects coming to New York City

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Article originally published at http://www.TheRealDeal.com by Eddie Small

Brookfield Property Partners and the Gotham Organization dominated the top 10 projects filed in New York in March.

Both companies had multiple projects appear in the top 10 last month. Brookfield had three projects in Greenpoint at 221 West Street (which took first place), 1 Eagle Street and 15 Eagle Street, while Gotham Organization had two projects in Long Island City at 1-15 57th Avenue (which took second place) and 57-28 2nd Street.

Overall, the list was split between three projects in Brooklyn, three projects in Queens, two projects in the Bronx and two projects in Manhattan. Staten Island did not make an appearance on the list last month.

The full list of March’s top 10 biggest real estate projects is below:

1. 221 West Street, Brooklyn
The largest project filed last month was a roughly 719,000-square-foot development from Brookfield at 221 West Street in Greenpoint. The development will stand 29 stories and 336 feet tall, and it will feature 302 residential units across about 710,000 square feet. Commercial space will occupy the other 9,000 square feet. Brookfield is also developing Greenpoint Landing with Park Tower Group nearby.

2. 1-15 57th Avenue, Queens
Gotham Organization took second place for March with plans for a mixed-use project spanning slightly less than 700,000 square feet at 1-15 57th Avenue in Long Island City. The building would include roughly 640,000 square feet of residential space, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and 19,000 square feet of community space. It would stand 57 stories tall with 692 residential units. Riseboro Community Partnership is developing the project as well, which would be the tallest building on the Queens waterfront, according to YIMBY.

3. 1 Eagle Street, Brooklyn
Another Greenpoint project from Brookfield took third place, this time at 1 Eagle Street. The roughly 388,000-square-foot project will stand 39 stories tall with 335 residential units.

4. 57-28 2nd Street, Queens
Gotham Organization’s plans for Long Island City also took the No. 4 spot. The firm is planning another project at 57-28 2nd Street spanning about 335,000 square feet that will stand 33 stories and 360 feet tall. The building will include 452 residential units across about 328,000 square feet, and it will include a roughly 7,000-square-foot community facility as well. Riseboro Community Development is also helping to develop this project, according to YIMBY.

5. 13-38 Central Avenue, Queens
A roughly 195,000-square-foot project in Far Rockaway rounded out the top five for March. The 219-unit mixed-use development comes from Brisa Builders Corporation, an affordable housing company, and will stand nine stories tall at 13-38 Central Avenue. It will include 219 residential units across about 132,000 square feet, and it will feature 12,000 square feet of commercial space and 51,000 square feet of community space as well. Classroom and gymnasium space, along with retail and storage space, will be on the first floor, while nonprofit offices and some residential units will be on the second floor. The residential space will include class-A and supportive housing units.

6. 4720 Third Avenue, Bronx
The Bronx made its first appearance on the list courtesy of a roughly 191,000-square-foot project planned for 4720 Third Avenue in Belmont. The project comes from Cactus Holdings, the holding company that controls the supermarket chain Western Beef. The mixed-use building would include 159 residential units and stand nine stories tall with about 128,000 square feet of residential space, 61,000 square feet of commercial space and 900 square feet of community space.

7. 15 Eagle Street, Brooklyn
The final Greenpoint project from Brookfield on the list will span about 175,000 square feet at 15 Eagle Street. It will stand seven stories tall and include 108 residential units.

8. 4790 Broadway, Manhattan
An affordable housing project from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development marks Manhattan’s first appearance on the list. The development at 4790 Broadway in Inwood will span roughly 145,000 square feet and stand 14 stories tall. It will include 174 housing units across about 118,000 square feet and feature 26,000 square feet of community space as well. The project will include a new library, as it is located at the current site of the Inwood Library.

9. 310 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Simon Kaufman’s YS Realty files plans for a roughly 135,000-square-foot project at 310 Grand Concourse in Mott Haven. The project will stand 14 stories tall and include 157 residential units.

10. 310 East 86th Street, Manhattan
Izaki Group Investments closed out the list for March with a roughly 129,000-square-foot project on the Upper East Side at 310 East 86th Street. The condo building would stand 20 stories tall and include 68 units. IGI acquired 310-314 East 86th Street in 2017 for $42 millionfrom Gary Barnett’s Extell Development and was reportedly planning a smaller condo project at the time.

Peter Castellana III featured in The Real Deal for mixed-use development of 4720 3rd Ave in the Bronx

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The holding company that controls discount supermarket Western Beef is planning to build a 159-unit mixed-use building in the Bronx.

Peter Castellana’s Cactus Holdings filed plans with the city’s Department of Buildings for a project at 4720 Third Avenue that will span nearly 191,000 square feet. The company and Michael Ashkenazy bought that site, along with 4734 Third Avenue and 448 East 189th Street, in 2018 for $18 million from Mayo Associates. The parcels are currently parking lots.

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The nine-story building will be split between about 128,000 square feet of residential space, 61,000 square feet of commercial space and 900 square feet of community space.

Cactus and Ashkenazy have partnered on other middle-market investment sales in the last two years, including a $19 millioncommercial condo in the Upper West Side.

Cactus also owns properties in Kingsbridge, Foxhurst, Morisania, West Bronx, Soundview, Belmont, Morris Park and Mott Haven, according to its website.

Other projects coming to the Bronx include a multifamily buildingfrom Brooklyn investor Shimshon Grunstein at 550 Trinity Avenue and a two-tower project from Omnibuild at 290 East 149th Street with 124 units.

Peter Castellana III works with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in donating hundreds of turkeys for the holidays to Bronx communities

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family is proud to announce the donation of 350 turkeys to various communities of the Bronx with help of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. This past holiday season, The Castellana Foundation donated thousands of turkeys in the five boroughs. This was also not the first time that The Castellana Foundation has worked with the Borough President in donating turkeys to the communities in need of the Bronx.

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The Bronx is a wonderful borough where Western Beef has many stores. Western Beef is committed to being a positive force for good in the communities we serve. By servicing with local officials and community leaders, we can do our part in the lives of so many by working together and using each other’s strengths.

Peter Castellana III donates 1,000 toy bags to children of Tenares, Domican Republic with help of local church

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The Castellana Foundation, Western BeefCactus Holdings, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana Family are proud to have donated over 1,000 toy bags to children of Tenares in the Dominican Republic with the help of the church, Ministerios de Palabras de Vida Eterna. The event held games, offered food and drinks, entertainment and even a clown. Western Beef’s customers come from all over the world, particularly the Caribbean which is why The Castellana Foundation makes it a point to give back to the communities that define our neighborhoods. Giving and good will know no borders and as you can see from the expressions on the children’s faces, they are incredibly grateful for a simple gesture

Peter Castellana III donates 100 turkeys to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens for holiday season

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana Foundation is proud to support Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in their efforts to feed families in need for the 2018 winter holidays. The Castellana Foundation donated 100 turkeys this year alone.

Below is a message the President & CEO of Catholic Charities, Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto:

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The Castellana Foundation is proud to support and stand with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in effort to support families within the communities we operate within as a company. For more information on the work Catholic Charities does, please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation, led by Peter Castellana III, supports Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica, Queens

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly support Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica, Queens. The Castellana Foundation supported Calvary Baptist Church’s recent Annual Community Carnival which is a day of games, fun and excitement for children from single parent homes.

Here is a brief overview of the incredible history of Calvary Baptist Church:

Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica (Queens), New York, Inc. was organized in 1929. During its history, it has been served by ten pastors; most notable among them is the late, Rev. Dr. Walter Stockholm Pinn. During Dr. Pinn’s leadership, the present 30,000 square feet, 1,500-seat facility was erected and the membership grew to more than 3,000. Dr. Pinn founded the Calvary Credit Union which held assets exceeding two million dollars. During its existence, the Calvary Credit Union was the largest church-owned institution of its kind in New York State.

In 1976 Rev. James C. Kelly was called to the pastorate of Calvary Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church from 1976 to 1988.

Pastor Hall came to Calvary in 1990 bringing a vision of community involvement to the church and has led the church through significant development. In 1992, under the leadership of Rev. Victor T. Hall, Sr., Calvary built a 100-apartment, senior citizens’ housing complex, a complex that is fully operational with ten apartments reserved for the handicapped and a waiting list of hundreds.

In 1993, the Imani Youth Ministry began which has served as a beacon of hope and launch pad for thousands of New York area youth. In 1994, the Angelic Children’s Ministry began, training children to be followers of Christ. Calvary’s outreach into the community runs very deep.

The church runs a food pantry, which serves hundreds of New Yorkers every week, a prison ministry that reaches into the lives of the incarcerated and their families, a grandparents’ ministry that serves the needs of grandparents, and supports those raising their grandchildren, a financial growth ministry, to strengthen family financial management, and many other support groups.

Calvary opened its doors to the community for events from weddings and funerals, to political candidate forums and support for community causes to holy hip hop concerts and its annual Harvest Party, which draws hundreds of children from throughout Queens for a safe night on Halloween.

Presently, the Calvary Church has embarked upon a $6 million renovation and extension project and has just completed erecting a grandparents’ housing complex which will become the home to low-income grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren. Today, Calvary continues to be a leading church in the Southeast Queens community.

Calvary is a member of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. It consistently supports financially: The NAACP, The UNCF, The Urban League, Queens Citizens’ Organization, Queens Federation of Churches, Southeast Queens Clergy for Community Empowerment, the Religious Action Network and other religious and civic organizations. Calvary is a Charter supporter of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall.

As a leading religious institution in Southeast Queens, the Calvary pulpit has been graced by many speakers of national and world renown: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, Vice President Al Gore, Governor Mario Cuomo, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Senator Charles Schumer, NYS Comptroller Carl H. McCall, Mayor W. Wilson Goode (Philadelphia), Roy Wilkins (NAACP), Congressman Floyd Flake, Congressman Charles Rangle, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton, Queens Borough President Claire Schulman, Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Public Advocate Mark Greene, Congressman Joseph Addabo, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Calvin O Butts, Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Garner C. Taylor, Rev. Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor, Rev. Dr. William A. Jones, Jr., Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Catherine (Count ) Basie, Guy R. Brewer, Hazel Dukes, Gil Noble, Nikki Giovanni, Chaplain Barry Black, Dr. Allan Boesak, Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, and other religious, political and civic leaders.”

The Castellana Foundation is humbled to work with such a great church and community and proud to support the cause of providing joy to children in need. For more information on Calvary Baptist Church please visit their sites and social media pages”

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The Castellana Foundation proudly supports Obbayo Children’s Foundation

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly support The Obbayo Foundation of Hightstown, NJ. The organization’s main mission is to provide the necessary means for young children in Senegal to remain in school where otherwise economic pressures might lead them to a life of panhandling.

Here is a message from the company’s Co-founder, Thierry Sarr, who also serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Cactus Holdings.

“The story (from the co-founder): Over the past 5 years, I have been sending huge boxes at least twice a year with clothes and dry goods to underprivileged children. I’ve also traveled to Senegal once a year, visiting my family but also trying to figure out how I can make a difference. From the airport to my house, I always had mixed feelings, on one hand, I consider myself fortunate because I made it and I am able to visit my family but on the other hand I was heartbroken, seeing the number of young children on the streets begging for food and money. I knew I wanted to help but I did not know how at the time, now I came to the conclusion that organizing a charity is the ANSWER.”

The Castellana Foundation is proud of its involvement with this amazing project, which can provide anything from basic dry good to solar panels. For more information on this charity, please visit their website.

Brooklyn Miracle Temple Inc.

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Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and Castellana Foundation along with Western Beef are please to support the Brooklyn Miracle Temple Inc. The  Brooklyn Miracle Temple is a  local church located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Annually we collaborate with community resources to serve, empower and strengthen our community by touching the lives of people various levels. Every year for the past several years we host a Community Health and Wellness Fair on the Last Saturday in June. At this event we have health screenings, sign ups for neighborhood programs, games and activities. Also providing everyone with food and drinks as well. Our event is a way to offer our neighborhood services that will enhance each families physical emotional and spiritual well-being. As a result of the community event, people will have access to medical health insurance, free mammograms free blood pressure/ cholesterol,diabetes screenings, free dental check up for children, access to housing court lawyers, SNAP Benefits sin up and other community resources.

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