The boundary between SoHo and Tribeca is not exactly renowned for its contextual historic architecture, but as the blocks surrounding Canal Street have continued to see new developments, things are slowly changing for the better. This week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will review plans designed by Morris Adjmi Architects for 419 Broadway, which is occupied by an existing structure that most definitely will not be missed.
The application to the LPC covers another existing three-story building at 423 Broadway, pictured above in the red brick. Unlike 419 Broadway, that structure will be retained and completely refurbished, with the retail frontage redesigned to match the new neighbor next door.
Current plans also need approval due to irregularities in the proposed zoning envelope. Instead of the 141′ as-of-right bulkhead height, the project will top out 136′ above the street, rising eight floors instead of a possible nine. Besides the slight height reduction, the top floors are also set to retain the street-wall through the columned parapet, in another positive modification relative to what is required by law.
In a twist on the cast-iron architecture that dominates the blocks of SoHo to the north, as-proposed, 419 Broadway would have an exterior of cast zinc panels mixed with painted aluminum windows. Up above, columns along the edge of the eighth floor will also be cast in zinc.
The plans show a total allowable size of about 40,000 square feet, most of which will be commercial, with a small potential community facility component also possible. The ground floor will hold retail space.
Higgins, Quasebarth & Partners, LLC, is the consultant pushing the project through the LPC, and United American Land, LLC, is the developer. The LPC will have a hearing for the site this Tuesday.