The first permits are up for a boutique residential development in Harlem, at 315 West 121st Street. Brad Simmons of 121 Holdings LLC is listed as the developer, while the architect of record is Soluri.
Previous DOB filings for a ‘horizontal extension’ were disapproved late last year, but the new plans are roughly similar — at least in scope — and indicate the structure will be a completely new building. 315 West 121st Street will span 19,802 square feet, and the entirety of the development will be residential, with 8 units in total.
Renderings of the site were posted to Soluri’s Architizer page, and reveal a glassy building; the facade is ‘sliced’ along a diagonal, leaving room for small balconies along a portion of the exterior. While the overall design is somewhat attractive — and at worst benign — the structure recedes from the sidewalk, leaving a slight gap in the block’s street-wall. The only potentially serious issue with the scheme is a fence rendered next to the project, indicating the possibility of a permanent gap between 315 West 121st Street and its eastern neighbor.
Despite minor faults in the design, the eight-story and 80′ tall building will be a relatively contextual addition to the neighborhood, where vacant lots are still highly visible. Construction activity in Harlem dropped off significantly during and immediately after the 2008 recession, and the resumption of a mini-development boom will help heal scars left by the post-war period, which remain abundant.
No completion date has been announced, but per Soluri’s Architizer page — which also notes the building will have four full-floor two bedroom units, a duplex penthouse, and a triplex garden-level apartment — construction is slated to begin this year.
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