The northwestern corner of Tribeca continues to see rapid changes, as two developments are now rising on the same block. Both 290 West Street and 460 Washington have risen quickly over the past month, and the buildings now outflank their shared neighbor at 288 West Street.
Adjmi & Andreoli are designing the 13-unit 290 West Street, and the condominium project’s appearance was recently revised. The building will be defined by large casement windows as well as an extruded element facing West Street, which will present an appealing contrast against the site’s pre-war neighbor. VE Equities is the developer, and per Curbed, Elliman is marketing.
Down the block, 460 Washington is much larger, and will have 107 units. The design is less distinct, but the infill will be positive, as surrounds are still dominated by parking lots and old warehouses. Ismael Leyva and BKSK are designing, and Related is the developer.
Northern Tribeca was recently subject to a NIMBY push, with groups advocating for the expansion of the North Tribeca historic district on the basis that “even if the architecture is undistinguished, there is an argument to be made for saving that fabric.”
The lack of rational or sensical discourse when it comes to landmarking show how subjective the process is, and why policy should be geared towards long-term planning rather than the whims of special interest groups. North Tribeca may be quite expensive, but most of the area remains desolate, with abandoned buildings and autobody shops dominating; these things do not enhance the built environment, and replacing them with housing would benefit both the city and the neighborhood.
Given its excellent transit accessibility, North Tribeca would make a viable candidate for comprehensive upzoning, especially given proximity to the office buildings of the Financial District, which are within walking distance. Projects like 290 West Street and 460 Washington are positive steps towards revitalizing the neighborhood, but more generous development is warranted, and the area would be ideal for high-density buildings.
Completion of 290 West Street is expected in the spring of 2015, while 460 Washington is expected to open in the fall of 2015.
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