Back in early September, YIMBY reported on progress at Waterline Square, on the southern edge of the Upper West Side. Now, the trio of residential high-rises has officially topped-out, and the latest photos show that the former chasm of urbanity is rapidly transforming into an attractive component of the neighborhood at large.
The site’s history is extensive, and Donald Trump was actually supposed to be the original developer, with plans for what would have become the tallest skyscraper in the Five Boroughs. While Trump did end up building or assisting in the construction of Riverside South, the parcels that came to be known as Riverside Center would remain fallow for another three decades.
YIMBY revealed renderings for the first two towers of “Riverside Center” back in 2012 and 2014, and construction has already wrapped at 21 West End Avenue, a rental, and 1 West End Avenue, which contains both rentals and condos. But since the completion of those two components, the rest of the site has been re-named “Waterline Square,” and the aesthetic of the newer buildings is definitely several notches above the first additions to the site.
The new towers are officially dubbed One, Two, and Three Waterline Square, and Hill West Architects is the executive architect for all three buildings, though each features a different design architect.
One Waterline Square has an address at 10 Riverside Boulevard, and permits were originally filed by Extell in 2015, before GID Development Group took over the site. It measures just shy of 530,000 square feet, and includes 288 units, and 1,370 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. At 36 floors and 429 feet to its rooftop, the building is the tallest of the bunch, and was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
Two Waterline Square is at 30 Riverside Boulevard, and features a two-towered development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, with over 1.12 million square feet of space between the pair. The bulk of the area will be occupied by 656 units, though ground-floor retail will also be included. The pair rise 38 and 25 floors, and 397 and 245 feet each, respectively.
The last of the group is Three Waterline Square, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which stands 34 floors and 391 feet to its parapet. With about 443,000 square feet of space, it is the smallest of the bunch, with only 244 units. There will also be 1,844 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as 2,119 square feet of community facility space. Its official address is 639 West 59th Street.
Completion is anticipated for next year.