AvalonBay Plans 33 Stories at 1865 Broadway on the Upper West Side

1865 BroadwayRendering of 1865 Broadway

Just as AvalonBay Communities wraps up its big Brooklyn tower at 100 Willoughby Street, the developer has filed new building applications for a 33-story development at 1865 Broadway, just north of Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side.

The building would reach 416 feet into the air and span 270,550 square feet. It would bring 160 apartments and 34,000 square feet of retail to the corner of West 61st Street, the former headquarters of the American Bible Society. The apartments would be divided across 236,532 square feet of residential space, for units averaging 1,478 square feet each.

Retail would fill the first two floors of a six-story base, and 30 stories of apartments would be stacked on top. Diagrams show that the structure will be setback after the sixth floor, creating a shared roof deck on the seventh. The lower floors would have 13 to 15 units each, seven units apiece on the eighth through 13th floors, followed by a duplex on the 14th and 15th floors and two units per story. The remaining stories would hold three or four units each.

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is designing. AvalonBay hasn’t released any official renderings yet, but YIMBY created mockups last month based on diagrams sent along by a tipster.

The Bible Society sold its 12-story building to the Virginia-based builder for $300 million in February, after receiving bids from 25 different firms. Demolition plans have been filed to knock down the 167-foot-tall structure, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet.

The property spans just over 22,500 square feet, and it could accommodate an even larger building, if the developer included more retail. Although AvalonBay would get a zoning bonus for adding below-market housing, it plans to work with the existing zoning and build entirely market-rate. The site fills half the block on West 61st Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, which is an incredibly convenient location. Central Park is a block east, Lincoln Center is ten minutes north, and Columbus Circle is only a block away.

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