LPC to Review Updated Expansion Proposals for 85 Franklin Street in Tribeca

Newly proposed conditions at 85 Franklin Street - studio MDANewly proposed conditions at 85 Franklin Street - studio MDA

Studio MDA will again present drawings to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission for a proposed alteration and vertical expansion of 85 Franklin Street in Tribeca. The updated set of elevation models and renderings reveal modifications to the building’s façade above the third floor and geometric cornice details at the roof of the structure.

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street - studio MDA

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street – studio MDA

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street - studio MDA

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street – studio MDA

The ground floor will maintain the existing cast stone curtain wall as originally proposed by the architects. Above the third floor, the newly proposed façade features more standardized metal cladding that visually distinguishes each level along the building’s exterior along Franklin Street. The crowning ornamental cornice was also simplified with more traditional vertical fins.

As reported by YIMBY in August 2019, the proposed expansion would convert a dilapidated two-story mixed-use property into a five-story residential building. The property is expected to comprise four apartments, some of which will occupy full floors, and others with half-floor duplex layouts. None of these details seem to have changed in the newest set of proposals.

The project team has not confirmed an anticipated date of completion or when construction will kick off.

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street - studio MDA

Original (left) and newly proposed (right) conditions at 85 Franklin Street – studio MDA

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