New renderings have been revealed for 495 Eleventh Avenue, a pair of residential skyscrapers in Midtown, Manhattan. Located between West 39th and 40th Streets directly next to the Jakob K. Javits Center expansion, the two towers will stand 680 feet tall and 57 stories, and 653 feet tall and 56 stories. The site currently functions as a parking lot for the New York Police Department. FXCollaborative and Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architects are the designers responsible for the work.
The new renderings offer a cleaner and friendlier appearance than previous iterations for the project released over the past couple of years. The multi-story podium features a handsome grid of large windows and light-colored panels, which seem to continue upward across various elevations of the two superstructures. Two identical mechanical extensions would cap each roof parapet with what looks like vertical metal panels enclosing the walls. The new square footage of the interior programming are as follows: 275 residential units totaling 236,699 square feet; 75 supportive housing units collectively measuring 48,655 square feet; a hotel, offices, and retail space adding up to 296,247 square feet; and 55 parking spots for the police tallying 38,971 square feet. The screenshots below, taken from the YIMBY forums, show the updated look.
Initial plans were first seen in mid-2017, when it was announced that The New York City Economic Development Corporation hired Radson Development and Kingspoint Heights Development to create a proposed 49-story, 100-percent affordable housing project, designed by Davis Brody Bond. The nearly 500-foot-tall building would have yielded just over 700,000 square feet and yielded a total of 234 affordable units, 200,000 square feet of office space, 80,000 square feet of dorms, a 12,000-square-foot grocery store, 28,000 square feet of amenities including a gym and a food court, and a new on-site parking facility for police. It was also reported that the commercial space would have subsidized the affordable housing. The rendering below shows the first iteration when it was only one single tower.
The second version seen in the fall of 2019 saw the majority of the total square footage split into two buildings with a much darker color scheme. This design also featured some unusual architectural elements around the top of each edifice. The height to the pinnacle slightly increased to 560 feet tall by then.
The land was once home to the six-story New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company building, which was constructed in 1905 and designed by Horgan & Slattery in a Neo Renaissance style and demolished in the late 1980s.
A completion date for 2022 was initially set, then revised to 2023. We will have to wait and see if and when construction actually commences to get a better idea of a new timeline.