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Revealed: 411 Ninth Avenue, aka Skylight House, Midtown West

411 Ninth Avenue411 Ninth Avenue, image by HTO Architect

UPDATE: while permits would seem to indicate condominium’s given the developer’s LLC, a rep for HTO has corrected YIMBY, and 411 Ninth Avenue will actually have rentals.

A sliver lot on the northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street has remained vacant for quite some time, but YIMBY now has the reveal for the building that will soon rise at 411 Ninth Avenue. HTO Architect is designing the project, which has been dubbed Skylight House.

Partial job permits were issued earlier this month, and work is finally slated to move forward. Applications have been pending since 2011, and the building will total 12,837 square feet, standing seven stories tall.

The ground floor of the structure will hold 1,395 square feet of commercial space, and the rest will be residential, divided between 12 units, with two on every floor. The average apartment will measure just under 1,000 square feet.

The developer on the permits is listed as James Papaionnou, of ‘411 9th Avenue Condominiums LLC,’ indicating that the building will yield condos. Unfortunately — and atypical for condos in Manhattan — the rendering shows environmentally unfriendly and aesthetically unpleasing PTACs in the windows.

Besides the PTACs, the design will be simple and streamlined, and the building will be faced in grey brick, drastically improving upon a lot that has been forlorn for many years.

The surrounding neighborhood is going through major changes, and across the street from 411 Ninth Avenue, Brookfield’s Manhattan West project is now under construction. The first permits are up for the megaproject’s southern office tower, which will stand 995 feet tall, as well as its 705-foot tall residential tower.

411 Ninth Avenue

411 Ninth Avenue, image by HTO Architect

Still, infill like Skylight House is important, and while Manhattan West will bridge a gaping pit between 31st and 33rd Streets, 411 Ninth Avenue will patch a much smaller hole that also needs fixing.

While we do not have a completion date yet, 2016 would seem likely.

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