Back in March of 2014, YIMBY first reported on new building applications for a site bound by Houston Street, Avenue C, and East 2nd Street, at 11 Avenue C. Now, we have the reveal for the project, which is being developed by BLDG.
Such a site would normally result in something substantially larger than what’s being built, given the frontage onto three different streets, but the restrictive zoning in the neighborhood results in a project that is relatively small. Per the Department of Buildings, 11 Avenue C will rise ten floors and 109 feet to its rooftop, with a total construction area of 49,972 square feet.
Within that, there will be 4,131 square feet of commercial space, topped by 38,162 square feet of residential space. The latter component will be divided among 45 apartments, for an average size of over 800 square feet.
SLCE Architects is the architect of record, but Rotwein + Blake Architects handled the actual design of the building. As described by the firm,
The building’s retail component engages the more lively Houston Street side on a pedestrian level, with an abundance of storefront glass, awnings and stone details, while the residential entrance on 2nd Street, creates a more private and embracing gesture. The brick and zinc façade blend a modern twist to a historic warehouse style, reminiscent of the now, chic residential adaptive reuse projects of Soho and Tribeca.
Despite the challenges presented by the site, the renderings show a structure that should enhance the streetscape nicely, and even though the building will hold rental apartments, windows appear to lack PTACs, at least as of this time. The net result is attractive infill that will help activate the surroundings with new retail space.
Completion is likely within another year or so.