The Taconic Partners West Campus building at 125 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side will soon be redeveloped as a state-of-the-art life sciences and research laboratory. In January 2021, broadcasting company Walt Disney/ABC will vacate the eight-story property it has occupied since 1985. Architect Perkins+Will and engineer JB&B round out the redevelopment team.
Originally built as an automotive facility by Chrysler Motor Company, the 400,000-square-foot structure was also owned by The New York Times at one point. In late 2019 Taconic and Nuveen Real Estate paid $230 million for the property.
The building has several attractive elements including ceiling spans ranging from 15 to 16 feet, 50,000-square-foot floorplates, and views of the Hudson River. According to Taconic, the renovated 125 West End Avenue will feature open floor plans, a high-performance façade, robust mechanical infrastructure, and amenities for tenants. Redevelopment plans, as reported by RE Business, call for a mechanical plant, purpose-built lab infrastructure, a new façade, roof terrace, and conference center.
It is unclear whether redevelopment will extend to the rest of the complex, which includes a six-story television studio at 320 West 66th Street and a 1.2-acre development parcel.
Construction is slated for completion in 2023.