The first rendering is up for a new residential building in Midtown East, which will have an ‘official’ address of 235 East 44th Street. Excavation is nearing completion, and the tower is about to start rising; Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel is the architect of record. Previous reports indicated the country of Senegal was behind the project, but recent DOB filings indicate that Adam Gordon is now the developer.
Permits indicate 235 East 44th Street will stand 21 stories and 272 feet tall, with 71,914 square feet divided between twelve ‘dwelling units,’ language not typically used in association with commercial structures. The Schedule A adds even more confusion, with the entirety of the building divided between various office amenities, including ‘Class B rooms’ and ‘accessory lounges.’
Regardless of the filings, the tower will apparently be split between residences and office space. Renderings are not all-encompassing, and only give a peek at the new tower’s lower levels. Still — if the facade is any indication — the bulk of the project appears to be residential, and units will likely average approximately 5,000 square feet each.
Senegal bought the property for $23.9 million in 2009, and after several years of hold-ups, construction is finally getting underway — though exact details remain murky, with Adam Gordon apparently taking the lead this past March.
The site’s former structure was subject to radioactive contamination. Per The New York Times, 235 East 44th Street “was occupied from 1939 to 1944 by the Radium Chemical Company, a family-owned radium supplier,” but after scrutiny, the property was cleaned up in the early 1990s.
Completion of the new building is expected in the spring of 2015.
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