Much of the Upper West Side is frozen in time by historic districts, but every once in a while, a developer manages to snag an older property in a non-landmarked piece of the neighborhood. New building applications were filed earlier today to erect a 10-story building at 206 West 95th Street, half a block from the 96th Street station on the 1, 2 and 3 lines.
The property between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue is currently home to the “infamous” single-room-occupancy Camden Hotel, where a tenant stabbed the building manager in 2012. The previous owner, Steve Tzolis, emptied the six-story building of tenants over a year ago, but before that, it had been used as a shelter for HIV positive patients, according to the Daily News. Residents told the paper that the SRO was unsafe and “drug-infested.”
The new development will rise 105 feet into the air and hold 18 apartments. They’ll be divided across 26,218 square feet of residential space, for an average apartment sized at 1,456 square feet. Two duplexes will occupy the cellar and first floor, and the second through eighth floors will have two apartments each. The top two floors will have just one unit a piece, followed by a roof deck.
Chelsea-based RKTB Architects is the architect of record, and Certes Partners and United Management are co-developing the project. The two firms bought the 25,000-square-foot building last August for $15,000,000, the Commercial Observer reported at the time. They considered preserving the structure, but evidently decided it was too difficult to save. The building would also have needed a new C of O, which can be a fairly lengthy process with SROs.
The zoning here allows commercial space, but the new owners decided not to include it.