After nearly a century of development, the MTA debuted phase one of its Second Avenue expansion in 2017. The surrounding Upper East Side community has since experienced a flurry of new residential, retail, and commercial developments that now have access to a dedicated subway line. Developed by Icon Realty Management, 301 East 81st Street, also known as 1562 Second Avenue, is one of many forthcoming projects in the area. Today, YIMBY has new renderings for the tower, and the updated plans now include a two-story addition compared to the original illustrations.
Designed by Studio Sofield with SLCE Architects, the structure will top out at 215 feet. Divided into 19 floors, the property is expected to include retail area spanning cellar and ground levels, with 28 condominiums and amenity areas positioned on the second floor and up. Residential amenities mentioned in original filings included a swimming pool, a basketball court, fitness and yoga center, several communal lounges, and a children’s playroom.
The project is expected to be finished this year.