Demolition Permits Filed to Make Way for Irish Arts Center at 726 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

Irish Arts Center726 11th Avenue, image by Irish Arts Center

Demolition permits have been filed for 726 11th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. The site is expected to become the center for a new Irish Cultural Center, as reported by YIMBY in 2014. The Center was established in 1972 and has been operating out of a tenement building on West 51st Street since then, so the new space will offer a major upgrade.

Irish Arts Center

726 11th Avenue, side facing 51st Street, image by Irish Arts Center

An automotive repair shop is currently operating on the site now intended for demolition. The business will relocate to 540 West 53rd Street. The permit specifies that the original façade will not be demolished so that it can be integrated into the new design.

The new facility will consist of an L shaped building with three parts. 11th Avenue will see a five-story, 78-foot tall structure, with a two-story structure connecting the new building with the current site.

726 11th Avenue, via Google Maps726 11th Avenue, via Google Maps

40,000 square feet will be created by this endeavor, and will include a 199-seat performing arts venue, rehearsal space with dressing rooms, an exhibition rooms for visual arts and historical/cultural educational displays, classrooms, a dance studio, administration offices, a language laboratory, and a café.

Irish Arts Center

726 11th Avenue’s interior, image by Irish Arts Center

The IAC operates out of a city-owned property. Davis Brody Bond is the architect of record, and Ciaran O’Conner will be responsible for the design. O’Conner is the chief state architect for Ireland’s Office of Public Works.

The center has raised more than $56 million according to Irish Central, an increase of nearly $20 million since we last reported on the project. Evidently, plans are now moving forward.

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