Yesterday was a busy day for building permits on the Upper West Side, where very little new construction happens thanks to a combination of landmarking and restrictive zoning. AvalonBay Communities filed plans for a 33-story tower at the site of the former American Bible Society Headquarters near Columbus Circle, and a small developer submitted applications for an eight-story condo building at 466 Columbus Avenue, between West 82nd and 83rd Streets.
Roe Corporation plans to build seven apartments and 4,600 square feet of ground floor retail on the 50-foot-wide lot at the latter location. There would be one unit each on the second through seventh floors, followed by a penthouse duplex and a roof deck (the filing doesn’t specify whether it’s shared or private).
Those seven apartments would be divided across 23,860 square feet of residential space, and average units will measure an incredibly spacious 3,400 square feet. Future condo owners will get to live in one of the most desirable parts of the city, a few minutes from Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, and the B and C train stop at 81st Street.
The property sits inside the Upper West Side Historic District, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission will have to approve the design for the new building. BKSK Architects will be responsible for the design. The firm has designed new construction projects in landmark districts across the city, including Harsen House, a 16-story condo finished several years ago on West 72nd Street. We have no doubt they’ll come up with something innovative and contextual for this site.
Roe picked up the 5,000-square-foot lot for $16 million in April, paying $425 for each buildable square foot. A three-story commercial building currently occupies the site.
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