Developers Landsea Homes and Leyton Properties will soon begin construction on a contentious synagogue-condominium development on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Designed by Eran Chen of ODA New York, the 14-story project will be located at 212 West 93rd Street. When complete the structure will contain a new worship space for the Shaare Zedek congregation at the building’s lower levels with high-end condos positioned above.
In 2018, the developers purchased and leveled the former Shaare Zedek synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street to make way for the new development. The formidable Neoclassical structure was originally completed in the early 20’s by Sommerfeld and Steckler Architects who designed the façade with dramatic, multi-story arches, stained glass, ornate street-facing columns, and etched capitals. Despite efforts by local preservationists to save the building, Michael Firestone, President of the Shaare Zedek synagogue, said the home of the congregation would cease to exist without partnering with a developer.
That partnership eventually amounted to a sum of $34.3 million dollars, what Leyton Properties reportedly paid the synagogue to redevelop the cultural center.
The new development will eventually comprise just over 65,000 square feet. The synagogue will occupy the first three floors of the building and span approximately 9,000 square feet. Above the third floor, residential area will span 39,543 square feet and include 20 condominiums. The most premium units will offer private outdoor spaces.
To date, the project team has not confirmed residential amenities or an estimated date of completion. New renderings of the property are also not yet available from ODA.