Construction Update: 220 Central Park South Reaches Ground Level, Foundation Work Continues at 217 West 57th Street

220 Central Park South220 Central Park South, photo by ILNY

Since YIMBY last checked in on construction progress at 220 Central Park South and 217 West 57th Street, the latter building has been revealed in official renderings. But now we have an update on both sites from YIMBY reader ILNY, peeking into the projects from ground level, and they are both making major headway.

220 Central Park South

220 Central Park South, photo by ILNY

220 Central Park South is moving much faster than 217 West 57th Street, which should not be surprising considering its scope is significantly smaller. Formwork is already just about at ground-level, and while part of what’s currently visible will be covered by a dedicated driveway, the rest will give rise to “The Villas” on Central Park South, and the actual tower, which will stand next to 58th Street.

Permits for the project list the taller building at 65 floors and 950 feet, and the shorter building at 17 floors. The scope will total 472,523 square feet, to be divided amongst 173 condominiums. Sales have already started and over one-third of the project has already been sold. Vornado is developing, while Robert A.M. Stern is the design architect.

217 West 57th Street

217 West 57th Street, photo by ILNY

Across the street, work on the Nordstrom Tower isn’t nearly as far along, although the site is still making major progress. The foundation for what may become New York’s future tallest building is now slowly filling in with formwork, and the first evidence of the tower’s future elevator core is visible at the bottom of its enormous pit.

Extell is developing, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill are designing, with the approximately 94-story building set to rise nearly 1,800 feet into the sky.

217 West 57th Street

217 West 57th Street, photo by ILNY

Completion of 220 Central Park South is expected in 2016, while Nordstrom is expected to fully open by 2018.

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