Foundations are already being poured at 33 Beekman Street, which will soon sprout a 34-story dorm for Pace University. With 378 rooms in total, the building will be a welcome addition to the area, which also hosts 8 Spruce Street; much of the vicinity remains pre-war, though structures tend towards decrepit. The neighborhood sits at an awkward intersection between the Financial District and the Seaport; additional new construction will help establish a sense of identity, which surrounding blocks currently lack.
The project is under development by the Naftali Group, and – per DOB permits – the architect of record is Gene Kaufman. Given most of Kaufman’s work in Midtown, 33 Beekman Street is a relative beauty. The simple brick structure won’t be all that prominent, and will add to the street-scape with a green plaza, which will provide future students with much-needed breathing room.
Per Curbed, the site was originally supposed to host a hotel, which was also designed by Kaufman, though 33 Beekman’s new plan is far superior to what could have been. The building is expected to be completed in 2015.
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