Gene Kaufman-Designed Skyscraper at 265 Broadway Appears Stalled in Lower Manhattan

265 Broadway265 Broadway, image by Gene Kaufman

A 510-foot-tall mixed-use tower designed by Gene Kaufman Architect was proposed for 265-267 Broadway a few years ago, and recently YIMBY checked in for an update on progress, or lack thereof. The Roe Corporation is the developer for the 144,244 square foot site, which is expected to rise a decent height above the surrounding Lower Manhattan skyline once complete. However, with no demolition yet evident, it appears this development may be as dead as a Thanksgiving turkey.

265-267 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

As of right now, no work on the existing five-story structure has begun, although it is uncertain if the extant building will be demolished or integrated as part of the new podium. If the new tower does go up, the six-story podium would feature floor-to-ceiling glass for the main lobby and entrance along Broadway.

Looking at the profile of the building from Broadway, the tower has a slender elevation that laterally extends to the west with a wide floor plan. The skyscraper would be covered in a light-colored facade of what looks like stone panels, running in vertical strips. They divide the facade into several tiers of windows every three or four floors. The outer appearance of the building almost matches with the surrounding skyscrapers, thanks to the light color palette and the scale and proportion of windows and columns.

265-267 Broadway as of November, from video via Roe Corporation/Tribeca Citizen

The new podium for 265-267 Broadway, Design as of January, image by Gene Kaufman

Inside, there would be 38,139 square feet of commercial space dedicated to a proposed 80-room boutique hotel located between the third and twelfth floors. A total of 37 residential units would take up the remaining square footage, with one unit per floor appearing to be the likely configuration. A three-story penthouse would sit on the top floors, featuring views of Midtown to the north and the Financial District to the south.

An outdoor garden would be shared with hotel guests and residents, though residents will have their own designated amenity space that comes with a fitness center, a spa and private outdoor space.

Completion of 265 Broadway may happen sometime around 2020 if work begins on the demolition or conversion of the existing five-story structure soon. But with no site work yet visible, this project may already be moribund.

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5 Comments on "Gene Kaufman-Designed Skyscraper at 265 Broadway Appears Stalled in Lower Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Sorry that I want to plagiarise your word, I think no moribund on the project and pitch on progress. (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Good! It’s hideous!

  3. Like most. Holdings this Archutect designs, this one is ugly

  4. I’m confused. Is the top image of the zig-zaggy tower some older design?
    Anyway, the current little building isn’t bad.

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