Façade installation is nearing completion at 15 West 96th Street, a 22-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Sackman Enterprises, the 312-foot-tall structure will yield 17 condominium units. Cavan Builders Corporation is the general contractor for the property, which is located on an interior lot between Central Park West and Amsterdam Avenue.
At the time of our last update in May 2022, the reinforced concrete superstructure had recently topped out and its lower floors were completely enshrouded in a dense network of scaffolding and black construction netting. This assembly has since been removed, revealing the look of the prewar-inspired stone façade and grid of windows with white mullions. Light scaffolding currently covers the upper levels above the sixth-floor setback, beneath which the stone cladding appears to be nearing the parapet.
Wooden platforms within the scaffolding obscure view of the uppermost floors on the main southern elevation. A stack of balconies on the eastern edge remains unfinished, awaiting the installation of their bronze-hued paneling and glass railings. The fenestration within the balcony column consists of floor-to-ceiling windows with metal frames, adding contrast to the exterior.
A multifaceted crown with two wooden water towers caps the structure.
The construction elevator remains attached to the rear northern elevation. Crews are in the process of outfitting this face with metal studs to frame the window grid. An additional set of balconies is also found on this side.
The western profile is clad in white paneling and will be left mostly blank with the exception of a handful of narrow windows.
Based on the unit count, the structure will likely support one apartment per floor on most of the lower levels and a number of duplex homes on the upper stories. Residential amenities will include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, bicycle storage, and a lounge. Below are renderings of the podium’s finished appearance.
The closest subways from the property are the B and C trains at the 96th Street station, as well as the 1, 2, and 3 trains along Broadway to the west. Central Park is a very short walk to the east and will be clearly visible from the tower itself.
15 West 96th Street should likely be finished toward the end of 2023 or early 2024 at the very latest.