A slew of high-rise residential towers are about to begin rising on the Upper East Side, along Yorkville’s generously zoned avenues. One of those projects is being developed by Extell, at a site spanning 1681-1689 Third Avenue, between East 94th and 95th Streets. Curbed checked in on the demolition of the old tenements a few weeks ago, and while progress was evident, details about the tower were still not public.
Now, the application for a new building permit has been submitted, revealing that the building will stand 23 stories and 260 feet tall, with 90 apartments (surely condos, given the market) – smaller than DDG’s 31-story, 469-foot 1558 Third Avenue, and Anbau’s 34-story, 351-foot 1711 First Avenue.
Any new market-rate condos on the Upper East Side will obviously be targeting the solidly luxury market, but the building’s relatively tame 11-foot floor-to-floor heights and lack of full-floor units (just the penthouse buyers will have a whole floor to themselves) suggest that its pricing will be closer to Anbau’s project than DDG’s.
Beyer Blinder Belle is listed as the architect on the permit, and 1681 Third Avenue will have 190,000 square feet of residential space, plus a 13,000-square foot retail component in the cellar and on the ground floor. The apartments will average over 2,100 square feet, with the bulk of the tower – from the seventh floor through the 21st – having just three units per floor.
Extell’s other current project in the neighborhood, at 1010 Park Avenue, is an attractive exercise in granite and limestone, with a tame, historic design needed to pass the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s muster. Third Avenue, on the other hand, does not fall under the aegis of the LPC, and its less distinguished architecture – a mix of prewar tenements from back when there was an elevated railroad above Third Avenue and postwar towers that blossomed after the el was torn down – leaves Beyer Blinder Belle with more freedom to experiment.
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