On Thursday, YIMBY told you about sidewalk planters approved for a building on Fifth Avenue, and used to it to illustrate just how much control the Landmarks Preservation Commission has over historic districts. Another recent approval, however, shows how little control the commission has in a different area.
Upper East Side
The 54-story, 33-unit luxury residential tower under development at 520 Park Avenue (the tower is technically at 45 East 60th Street), on the southern end of the Upper East Side, is now roughly 30 stories tall. Limestone and windows are also now beginning to encapsulate all sides of the tower. The latest update comes as new photos of the project were posted to the YIMBY Forums. The building will eventually encompass 251,892 square feet and stand 780 feet above street level, per the latest permits.
Construction has topped out and façade installation is well underway on Memorial Sloan Kettering’s six-story Laboratory Medicine Building being built at 327 East 64th Street, on the southern end of the Upper East Side. YIMBY can bring you this update thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The facility, which YIMBY revealed renderings for in 2014, encompasses 95,976 square feet, according to the latest building permits. Laboratories and research areas will be located on two sub-cellar levels and the ground through fourth floors. Offices will be hosted on the fifth and sixth floors. There will also be an outdoor terrace on the sixth floor. The 75-foot-tall structure is being designed by Perkins+Will and is seeking LEED Gold certification. Opening is expected in 2017.
Azimuth Development Group’s eight-story, 21-unit residential development under construction at 321 East 60th Street, located on the southern edge of the Upper East Side, is a few stories from topping out. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user Waymond_Womano. The latest building permits, which YIMBY first reported on in early 2015, indicate the new building will encompass 25,069 square feet. Its residential units should average 1,133 square feet apiece, which means either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. Amenities include a nine-car parking garage, storage for 11 bikes, laundry facilities, and private residential storage space. Aufgang Architects is behind the architecture. Completion can probably be expected in 2017.
For the second time in as many years, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a new design for the plaza at the base of one Upper East Side residential building.