Permits Filed for a Two-Tower Development at 495 11th Avenue in Midtown West, Manhattan

496 11th Avenue. Rendering courtesy of FXCollaborative

Permits have been filed for 495 Eleventh Avenue, a pair of mixed-use residential skyscrapers atop of a five-story podium in Midtown West, Manhattan. Located between West 39th and 40th Streets, the two towers will stand 680 feet tall and 57 stories, and 653 feet tall and 56 stories. NYC Economic Development Corporation is listed as the owner behind the applications.

496 11th Avenue. Rendering courtesy of FXCollaborative

The proposed 589,842-square-foot development will have a hotel component in the south tower with 683 rooms and residential use in the north tower with 358 units, as well as 45,344 square feet of community facility space. There will be no accessory parking in the concrete-based structure, but a bike storage room on the cellar level will have 774 square feet for 86 bikes and a bike storage room on the first floor will have 861 square feet for 96 bikes. New renderings released in early spring of 2021 also depicted a larger range of programming including NYPD parking spaces, offices, retail space, and supportive housing units.

FXCollaborative is the design architect and Gene Kaufman Architects is listed as the architect of record.

The lot is closest to the 34th Street-Hudson Yards subway station, serviced by the 7 train. Demolition permits have not been filed yet for the New York Police Department parking lot. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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13 Comments on "Permits Filed for a Two-Tower Development at 495 11th Avenue in Midtown West, Manhattan"

  1. With Kaufman involved I’m not getting too excited, BUT – this is looking much, much better than previous proposals for this site. It has been taking them quite a while to get this one off the ground.

  2. You need a Demolition Permit to tear down the Police Dept. parking lot ? 🙂

  3. Gene Kaufman: get with the program: the steps should be outward. Turn the building upside down to be fashionable. (Seriously, this could be the complex that changes his office’s career)…..

  4. David in Bushwick | October 18, 2021 at 9:35 am | Reply

    The project should be all-electric and passive build. Doing it later will cost the owner much more.

  5. This is Kaufman’s finest work.

  6. This will be a nice contrast to the sea of blue glass in the area.

  7. Gene Kaufman? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

  8. Might the madlad actually do it and build a good looking building!?

  9. Kaufman three days running! I saw the cover photo and said to myself, could this not-so-terrible building be Gene’s design? Let’s reserve judgment until we see the cladding. His projects always get value-engineered. This one may yet turn out to be another GK travesty yet!

  10. Beware the Bait & Switch

  11. ANOTHER building by Gene Kaufman?!? WHYYYY does this man keep getting work? His buildings are the worst! They must charge $45 per building design… Some price that is so cheap that developers will deal with the fallout in order to save that much money and just get the job done. Disgraceful.

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