Revealed: 15 West 96th Street, 22-Story Condominium Tower Coming to the Upper West Side

15 West 96th Street15 West 96th Street, image by SLCE/Sackman Enterprises

Back in December, YIMBY brought word of filings for a new 22-story tower at 15 West 96th Street, on the Upper West Side. The application showed the building would be a mix of residential and community facility space, designed by SLCE, and now YIMBY has a rendering for the project.

Sackman Enterprises is the developer, and the building’s total size measures 60,402 square feet. The community facility portion will fill 14,529 square feet while the remainder will be split between 16 condominiums, averaging nearly 3,000 square feet apiece.

That will make the units at 15 West 96th Street some of the largest amongst new developments in New York City, and given the dearth of new product on the Upper West Side, prices will likely be astronomical.

The Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District stops on the southern side of 96th Street, meaning 15 West 96th Street can proceed as-of-right, another rarity for new projects on the Upper West Side, which has some of the strictest land use rules in Manhattan.

In terms of appearance, the building will be slightly taller than its neighbors, but its envelope and facade should match nicely. The current renderings lack detail on what materials will compose the exterior, but given the product, brick or limestone would seem likely. Balconies round out one corner of the tower component, and their metalwork is nicely complemented by the project’s gridded windows.

A community facility will occupy the first five floors of the future 15 West 96th Street, with the residential portion rising after another amenity floor and a setback. (The undefined community facility space, which the zoning code allows as a bonus on top of the base residential floor area ratio, appears to be largely intended to boost the height of the apartments and improve their views.) Except for the duplex penthouse, each residence will take up an entire floor.

No completion date has been announced, but given that filings are now in place, 2017 would be a reasonable estimate.

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