Work Appears Stalled for ODA-Designed 303 East 44th Street in Midtown East, Manhattan

303 East 44th Street, rendering by ODA Architecture

Today YIMBY has an update on progress, or lack thereof, for 303 East 44th Street, situated along East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues in Midtown East, which is tentatively set to stand 600 feet to its rooftop. The tower is being designed by ODA Architects and developed by Triangle Assets, with 44 condominiums spanning between 1,000 to 2,000 square feet apiece. Renderings were revealed nearly three years ago in 2015, however, since then, there has been no clear progress. The site is still home to two small red buildings, one of which is four stories tall, and the other standing three stories. It is unclear when they will come down, but it is most certain that they are still standing.

The site of 303 East 44th Street where the upper floors of the three-story building have been inspected and marked as vacant with a restaurant/bar still active on the ground floor. Photo by Michael Young

When complete, the units inside 303 East 44th Street will take up about 88,000 square feet of space throughout the skyscraper, divided by a series of sculptural, organic voids and flaring columns that form private outdoor landscaped terraces overtop the city. They create the illusion of lifting and floating of each glass-enclosed section of condominiums, and the massing and height of each section gets smaller towards the top of the flat roof.

303 East 44th Street looking southwest, designed by ODA

If built, the building should be far enough from surrounding skyscrapers to stand out on its own.

Completion of the tower was anticipated for 2017, but since the current two low-rise buildings on site have not been demolished yet, that date is for now uncertain, and the entire design may be slated for change if the current version has not yet left the drawing board.

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