Demolition preparations have yet to begin at 339-345 East 33rd Street in Kips Bay, future site of a 23-story mixed-use building from GF55 Architects and Excel Development. Located between First and Second Avenues, the property would span 150,000 square feet and contain 173 residential units, as well as two levels of commercial space on the ground floor and cellar. Excel reportedly completed a large air rights deal in December to facilitate the development.
Recent photos from Tectonic capture the current streetscape surrounding the site. Four low-rise structures will need to be demolished to make way for the new building.
The main rendering shows a fairly large superstructure with two interlocking volumes. The bottom half of the edifice has a white exterior while the top section appears to be finished with a bronze-colored curtain wall. The entire southern façade includes floor-to-ceiling windows and a number of balconies above the 16th floor. The main setback and flat roof parapet closely align with those of the building’s eastern neighbor, addressed as 577 First Avenue. There is a slight cantilever on the western elevation.
The nearest transit to the site is the 33rd Street station, serviced by the 6 train. The address is also close to a number of buildings that make up the NYU Medical Center complex and is within proximity to the FDR Drive.
Timetables for demolition and construction at 339 East 33rd Street have not been announced.