Permits Filed for SOM-Designed 1241 Broadway, Midtown, Manhattan

1241 Broadway estimated height, base image via Google Maps1241 Broadway estimated height, base image via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a 22-story commercial office building at 1241 Broadway in Midtown, Manhattan. The architect of the project will be Skidmore Owings & Merrill, who arguably have had the largest impact on New York City’s built environment compared to any other firm. First formed in 1939, they specialize in high-end office space, like the soon-to-be tower in today’s post.

1241 Broadway, via Google Maps

1241 Broadway, via Google Maps

The site is just two blocks from Greeley Square Park, the center of a major Manhattan retail stronghold and incredibly busy neighborhood. The Path Train to New Jersey is also two blocks away.

The 318-foot tall building will yield 178,880 square feet within, of which 140,840 square feet will be dedicated to commercial use. Office space will occupy the project from the second floor up, with the base composed of an eating establishment and office lobby. Bicycle storage will be included on site.

GDS Development’s Michael Kirchmann and Alan Rudikoff are responsible for the development. CBRE will be handling the leasing, marketing the Class A offices as being well-designed and boutique. GDS told YIMBY construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019.

1241 Broadway and its neighbor, via Google Maps

1241 Broadway and its neighbor, via Google Maps

The lot is currently vacant, meaning construction will be able to start as soon as permits are approved. Approval is expected by the end of the year. The estimated completion date has not been announced.

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6 Comments on "Permits Filed for SOM-Designed 1241 Broadway, Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: You had an answer to me. (Thank you)

  2. It is always gratifying to see an empty lot get infill. That is the kind of densification the city should be pushing for rather than upzoning neighborhoods against their residents’ wishes or allowing attractive older building stock be torn down for glass box blandness. The second priority should be densifying lots occupied by one story “tax payer” buildings like the P.C. Richards building on 14th east of Union Square – there are even more of those in Manhattan than empty lots used for parking. Plus, there are still plenty of empty lots and “tax payers” available especially in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx not to mention former industrial space that will never again see manufacturing.

    • David in Bushwick | August 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Reply

      I agree completely. Existing lack of density should be a tax liability. It continues to mystify me why there are rather large surface parking lots all over Manhattan. There also needs to be a preservation law that prevents 2-3 of the oldest buildings on any given street from ever being torn down. Sell the air-rights for a complete renovation. We need to maintain some sense of history otherwise we’ll look like every other world city with a Uniqlo and a Starcrack.

      • These are good ideas. Zoning bonuses (transferred to non-historic blocks where appropriate) in exchange for historic preservation and working with the Landmarks Commission on designs.

    • Speaking of, the ConEd parking lot at 14th and Third is just an insane, anti-urban waste of space.

  3. “Arguably have had the largest impact on New York City’s built environment compared to any other firm?”
    One might consider, for instance, the hundreds of projects Ennead has completed in New York City or the dominance KPF has had over the Midtown commercial market before making unverifiable speculation.

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