Permits Filed: 1440 Amsterdam Avenue, Burned Out Manhattanville Associated Site

1440 Amsterdam Avenue, image from Bing Maps1440 Amsterdam Avenue (pre-fire), image from Bing Maps

Last November, a fire destroyed an Associated Supermarket in Manhattanville, at 1440 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 131st and 133rd Streets.

Now, according to a permit filing, the owners are looking to rebuild. Manhattan-based architecture firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco filed an application for a new building permit at 1440 Amsterdam Avenue yesterday afternoon, on behalf of Lefkas Realty, which owned the old supermarket and laundromat building.

The new structure will be substantially larger than the old single-story taxpayer, clocking in at seven stories and reaching 73 feet into the air. According to the saucy woman who answered the phone at the number listed on the permit, the 64,000-square foot building will contain a supermarket of some kind to replace the old Associated, along with 48 apartments and an 8,000-square foot community facility,

The residential units (eight per floor, from the second to the eighth stories) will be spread over 43,500 square feet of net floor space, yielding an average apartment size of just over 900 square feet. (The unit count is just beneath the threshold beyond which parking is required; the developer is planning none.)

The site is surrounded on three sides by the New York City Housing Authority’s Manhattanville Houses (the fourth side fronts on Amsterdam Avenue), a William Lescaze-designed modernist complex with six high-rises. The old tenements are long gone, but the new building should at least inject a modicum of lot-filling urbanity into the towers-in-a-park void.

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