Permits Filed: 132 West 83rd Street, Upper West Side

132-134 West 83rd Street (boarded up building and brownstone next door), image from Google Maps132-134 West 83rd Street (boarded up building and brownstone next door), image from Google Maps

Between landmarking and tight zoning, anti-development forces have almost completely locked down the Upper West Side, with very few new building permit applications filed in the high-demand neighborhood despite plenty of extra capacity on local trains beneath Central Park West.

But life finds a way.

The boarded up old building at 132 West 83rd Street and an adjacent brownstone at No. 134 – which traded hands earlier this year for $9.7 million, or a whopping $735 per square foot – are finally getting demolished and replaced, according to recently filed permits. In place of the old four-story buildings between Columbus and Amsterdam will rise a new apartment building with six very large units.

Developed by Einhorn Development Group with DHD Architecture and Design (headed by David Howell) as the architect, the building will have six full-floor residences, with the first-floor apartment also getting some cellar space. Spread over more than 13,000 square feet of residential space, the average size of the units – condos, surely, given the price paid for the site – will be 2,200 square feet.

316 East 22nd Street, image by <a href="">Christopher Bride from PropertyShark</a>

316 East 22nd Street, image by Christopher Bride from PropertyShark

Einhorn and DHD have a few other projects under development, including 536 East 13th Street and 144 Ludlow Street, similarly sized buildings which should be finishing up construction around now. Their 316 East 22nd Street, displayed above, opened in 2010. A similarly-designed project would fit in well with existing buildings on the Upper West Side, and given the price-point, high expectations for 132 West 83rd Street should not go unmet.

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