New Look 24 Leonard Street, Tribeca
With demand for storing humans in New York far outpacing demand for storing cars, parking garages throughout Manhattan are being converted into dwellings.
One such project is located at 24 Leonard Street, between West Broadway and Hudson Street in Tribeca. There, developer Charles Dunne is redeveloping the existing four-story blonde brick parking structure into a nine-story limestone-faced condo building with absolutely massive apartments. The original alteration permit application was filed in August 2013, but was not approved until December 2014, indicative of the very long Department of Buildings wait times that developers in the city face.
Tribeca Citizen brought us the first rendering of the project two weeks ago, and now YIMBY has obtained two other images of the new building, to be designed by BKSK Architects.
The building will retain its 38,000 square feet of space, however the lightless portion at the back of the lot will be moved to the top of the existing structure, allowing it to triple its height from 40 feet to 120 feet. The cellar will be occupied by an automated parking system capable of holding 120 vehicles, while the first floor will be consumed by a lobby, which appears to be mostly without windows.
The second through fifth floors will each have floor-through apartments, while the sixth and seventh levels will be split between two duplexes. The eighth and ninth, however, will hold just a single duplex penthouse, which will surely have an eight-digit asking price. The average size of the apartments will be an eye-popping 5,400 square feet – more than twice the 2,600-square foot size of the average single-family home built in the U.S. in 2013.
While BKSK has a lot of familiarity with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and is often chosen to design projects falling under its aegis, this site sits just outside of Tribeca’s three historic districts, freeing them from having to please the commissioners.
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