The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved the residential redevelopment of a historic mixed-use building at 315 Broadway in Tribeca. The landmarked structure was originally constructed around 1861 and currently contains a small retail component on the ground floor and four loft spaces above.
Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and developed by United Urban Land, the approved project also includes the demolition and redevelopment of a corner property at 317 Broadway that formerly housed a large McDonald’s. When complete, the development will support 76 rental apartments.
The landmarked building at 315 Broadway will continue to function as a commercial property with loft-style offices on the second through fifth floors. The structure will be enveloped by two conjoined residential volumes that will top out at 14 stories above ground, facing Thomas Street and a 20-story partial infill.
Modifications to the façade of the landmarked building include the removal of existing fire escapes, addition of new windows throughout, repair and replacement of existing retail signage and entryways, and repointed marble cladding, among other repairs. At the rear, approximately 50 linear feet at each floor will be removed and filled in by a new 20-story residential tower.
The project appeared before the LPC in September 2020 but failed to gain support from the sitting commissioners. This time around, the commissioners were pleased by revised renderings from the architect and historical consultant Higgins Quasebarth. Changes to the original design include a drastically modified façade with arched windows that more closely resemble the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The renderings also depict a much lighter-colored curtain wall that will be constructed of light gray precast terrazzo panels.
The single dissenting opinion was voiced by commissioner John Gustafsson, who, by principal, could not support the conversion and partial removal of a landmarked building for the construction of the residential property.
With certificates of appropriateness pending immediate release, construction could break ground early next year. The development team has not yet confirmed these details.