Exterior work is nearing completion on the Urban League Empowerment Center, a 17-story mixed-use building at 121 West 125th Street in Harlem, Manhattan. Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle and developed by The Prusik Group, BRP Companies, L+M Development Partners, and Taconic Partners, the 414-000-square-foot structure will yield 170 residential units with an affordable housing component, 70,000 square feet of Class A office space, and 110,000 square feet of retail area including a Target and a 28,000-square-foot Trader Joe’s on the ground floor. Other tenants include National Urban League and the Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum. Congress Builders is the general contractor for the property, which is located between West 126th Street to the north, 125th Street to the south, Malcolm X Boulevard to the east, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard to the west.
Recent photos show the southern elevation facing West 125th Street largely complete with only the ground floor still obscured by the sidewalk scaffolding and a sliver of the upper levels exposed where the construction elevator is attached. King Contracting Group is in charge of installing 100,000 square feet of interior and exterior CMU blocks, 40,000 square feet of bricks, and 50,000 square feet of EIFS for the Urban League Empowerment Center. The eastern and western profiles are left blank and flat against the property line.
Below is a photograph of 121 West 125th Street from early May showing the superstructure exposed before the installation of the brick enclosure and reflective floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Residents on the top floors will have views to the south of the entire Midtown, Manhattan skyline.
The nearest subways are the 2 and 3 trains at the 125th Street station at the corner of West 125th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. The A, C, B, and D trains are also nearby to the west along St. Nicholas Avenue.
121 West 125th Street is expected to be finished next year.