Back in June of 2016, YIMBY revealed the first renderings of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which is set to become the tallest skyscraper on the Upper West Side, at 669 feet to parapet. Permits were filed a few months later, and now, despite protests by NIMBYs, excavation work has officially begun.
SJP Properties is the site’s developer, having acquired the property for $275 million. Elkus Manfredi is the design architect, while CetraRuddy is doing the project’s interiors.
The latest photos come from Chused, and show that the site’s former synagogue is now completely dismantled. Local NIMBYs filed an audit with the Department of Buildings in an attempt to reduce the size of the new project, however their objections were found to be nonsensical, which is why the building is again moving forward.
While the developers may have to deal with an appeal, momentum appears to be on SJP Properties’ side (as well as the city’s zoning code). The tower will eventually stand 55 floors to its rooftop, with 283,000 square feet of residential space within, to be divided amongst 112 condominiums.
No formal completion date has been announced just yet, but a 2020 estimate would not be unreasonable.