A former church and women’s home at 539 West 54th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, will soon be replaced by a 21-story residential tower designed by GF55 Architects. The first rendering of the forthcoming structure was revealed by Excel Development Group earlier this week along with construction permits filed with New York City’s Department of Buildings.
When complete, the building will comprise 104,000 square feet with 71 units, an unspecified collection of amenity spaces, and a community facility on the first and second floors. The rendering shows a sleek façade with a glass curtain wall framed with metallic paneling. The massing incorporates a number of stepped setbacks topped with landscaping, as well as two stacks of balconies near the center of the main elevation.
The development site is currency occupied by the century-old St. Ambrose’s Church and Centro Maria, one of the city’s last remaining all-women’s boarding houses. The facility offered extremely low weekly rent, which included a shared room and meals provided by a staff of live-in Catholic nuns.
In August 2020, The Catholic Church ordered the parish and residence to be vacated, then sold the property to Excel Development Group for $25 million two years later. As reported by The City, the Catholic Church told tenants that it had to sell the building to raise money to cover legal costs from hundreds of abuse lawsuits.
Demolition permits have already been filed and approved by the Department of Buildings. The project team has not announced when the building is expected to debut.