The first permits are up for a new residential building at 225 East 39th Street — which also has an address at 222 East 40th Street — in Midtown East; Fisher Brothers is developing the site, and the architect of record is Handel. Lois Weiss at the New York Post reported on the acquisition and potential development last July.
225 East 39th Street will measure 374,490 square feet, and the tower will stand 37 stories and 395 feet to its roof; the building will have 372 residences. The Post originally stated the high-rise would measure approximately 250,000 square feet; evidently there has been an increase in the development’s scope, and it will verge on the larger side for new residential construction in Manhattan, indicating apartments are more likely than condominiums.
The site is currently occupied by a 6-story Hertz parking garage, and the transformation to apartments will be beneficial to the neighborhood, which is close to several transit options, and within walking distance of the corridor that will be re-zoned as part of Midtown East’s redevelopment. Ensuring that the future office workers have living options within a short distance will help minimize the expanded business district’s strain on existing transportation options, while also enhancing the neighborhood’s pedestrian vibrancy — though no retail component is included in the permits.
No completion date for the site has been announced, though demolition permits for the existing garage were filed in January, indicating construction is imminent.
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