Construction on the Turkevi Center at 821 First Avenue, in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay, is making quick headway. The future 35-story home for the consulate of the Republic of Turkey is located between East 45th Street and East 46th Street. The glass skyscraper will reach 563 feet when it tops out in the coming months. Perkins Eastman is the designer of the mixed-use tower.
Recent photos show the tapered profile of the reinforced concrete structure becoming more apparent. Meanwhile, the curtain wall panels have begun to go up on the second floor on the East 46th Street elevation.
There will be about 102,000 square feet of commercial space on the first 15 floors. Along with an auditorium in the cellar levels, there will be offices, a prayer room, passport and visa branch offices, and outdoor terraces on the seventh, 11th, and 16th floors. Above will be 20 apartments for both staff and visitors, beginning on the 20th floor. The total residential space is slated to be about 40,195 square feet, with each unit averaging about 2,045 square feet. Two apartments are set to become duplexes. The building will provide uninterrupted views of the United Nations, the East River, and the morning sun.
Residential amenities will include a fitness center as well as a shared terrace space on the 20th floor. An underground parking garage will be located below grade and will be able to hold 20 vehicles.
Completion of the project will most likely occur sometime next year.