LPC Approves Major Residential Expansion at 315 Broadway in Tribeca

Rendering of 315-317 Broadway looking south - Morris Adjmi ArchitectsRendering of 315-317 Broadway looking south - Morris Adjmi Architects

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.

Elevation diagram illustrates existing (left) and approved massing (right) at 315-317 Broadway - Morris Adjmi Architects

Elevation diagram illustrates existing (left) and approved massing (right) at 315-317 Broadway – Morris Adjmi Architects

Site map (left) and existing conditions (right) at 315-317 Broadway - Morris Adjmi Architects

Site map (left) and existing conditions (right) at 315-317 Broadway – Morris Adjmi Architects

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.

Previous (left) and updated (right) renderings of 315-317 Broadway - Morris Adjmi Architects

Previous (left) and updated (right) renderings of 315-317 Broadway – Morris Adjmi Architects

Updated historic facade at 315 Broadway - Morris Adjmi Architects

Updated historic facade at 315 Broadway – Morris Adjmi Architects

Rendering of facade details at the tier three of the new residential volume at 315-317 Broadway - Morris Adjmi Architects

Rendering of facade details at the tier three of the new residential volume at 315-317 Broadway – Morris Adjmi Architects

With certificates of appropriateness pending immediate release, construction could break ground early next year. The development team has not yet confirmed these details.

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8 Comments on "LPC Approves Major Residential Expansion at 315 Broadway in Tribeca"

  1. Oh wow! This looks pretty nice.

  2. What a great idea…..in every way!

  3. If the LPC cannot approve this, there is something seriously wrong with the LPC.

    • Agree entirely. This is a very respectful and economically viable adaptive reuse of a landmark building. Gustafsson needs to get a grip. What did he expect them to do here?

  4. Love this
    Can’t wait to see more

  5. Another great project from Morris Adjmi. Always seamlessly blending the old with the new – looks incredible!

  6. Awa Toure December, 29 2020 at 9:50pm
    It’s a beautiful

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