It was in September of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you news of the 32-story, 48-unit mixed-use tower under development at 180 East 88th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, we showed you what the view would be like from one of the upper-floor residential units. Since March, foundation work has been underway at the site, but the New York City Buildings Department recently issued a stop-work-order for the project due to a zoning controversy that allegedly allowed the developers to build a taller tower than normal, the New York Times reported. The Buildings Department says a four-foot-wide lot was created on East 88th Street to avoid streetwall and setback requirements, which allowed for the creation of a taller building. As a result, the department revoked the previously approved building permits and is requiring that DDG Partners submit new plans. The condominium tower was expected to be the tallest building above 72nd Street, at 521 feet in height. HTO Architect was the architect of record, although DDG designs their projects in-house.
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Earlier this month, Bonjour Capital entered into contract to purchase, for roughly $140 million, the 37-story, 265-unit rental apartment tower at 1735 York Avenue, located on the corner of East 90th Street, in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. The future owner is planning to renovate and rebrand the residential tower, currently dubbed the Hamilton, as the Serrano. Renderings of the renovation have now been revealed by The Real Deal. It appears upgrades will be made to the lobby and the amenity areas. Existing amenities in the 280,0000square-foot building include tenant services, a fitness center, an outdoor patio, a rooftop deck, a children’s playroom, and a greenhouse. Bonjour Capital recently secured $104 million in financing for the acquisition. The tower was built in 1986 by Glenwood Management.
Since July, YIMBY has been reporting on efforts to expand the eight-story (seven stories plus a penthouse) townhouse apartment building at 1143 Fifth Avenue, on the Upper East Side. The owner has been trying to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow the addition since November. On Tuesday, on the fourth attempt, the commission granted approval, though the expansion will be far smaller than originally proposed.
Back in December of 2015, construction was up to the third floor of the 54-story ultra-luxury residential building under development at 520 Park Avenue, located on East 60th Street in Lenox Hill. Now, construction has commenced on the tower portion of the building, and YIMBY can reveal new renderings of the limestone-clad structure. The 251,892-square-foot, 737-foot-tall tower will host 33 condominiums, averaging an incredible 5,394 square feet apiece. Units will span at least the entire floor, with the duplex and triplex penthouses consisting of the largest configurations. Amenities will include a salon, a pool, a fitness center with exercise rooms, a treatment room, a sauna and steam rooms, and a children’s playroom. There will also be guest suites, a wine cellar, private storage space, a garden, and a 21-bike storage room. Zeckendorf Development is the developer and Robert A.M. Stern Architects is behind the design, while SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected in 2017.
Since November, building owner Jean Claude Marian has been trying to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow him to construct an addition atop an Upper East Side building. Like the two before it, the latest attempt was not a success. The building in question is 1143 Fifth Avenue, located between East 95th Street and East 96th Street in the Carnegie Hill Historic District.
In April, YIMBY reported on applications for an 11-story, 11-unit residential building at 1402 York Avenue, located between East 74th and 75th streets on the Upper East Side. Now, a rendering has been revealed of the project, via DNAinfo. The units, averaging a spacious 1,926 square feet apiece, surprisingly won’t be condominiums, at least in the beginning. The full-floor rental apartments will be known as “homeownership” units, which means tenants can put their rent payments towards buying their home. Of the 11 residential units, 10 of them will begin by renting at below market-rates. Crest Group is the developer, with Kossar + Garry Architects behind the design.