Demolition Continues at 8-16 West 45th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

Photo by Michael Young

Demolition is steadily progressing at 8-16 West 45th Street, the site of a forthcoming development from Lori Buchbinder of Buchbinder & Warren, LLC in Midtown, Manhattan. The 9,241-square-foot assemblage consists of four low-rise commercial structures ranging between three and seven stories with 92 feet of frontage. Ancora Engineering was the applicant of record on permits filed in 2021, and Alba Services is the demolition contractor for the property, which is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Recent photographs show the upper levels of the buildings dismantled and the remaining stories covered in scaffolding and construction netting as demolition proceeds in unison across all four structures. The outline of the eastern and western buildings’ former rooflines are visible against the abutting brick walls.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Permits have yet to be filed for the new construction. However, 8-16 West 45th Street’s zoning location of 6-4.5 in the Special Midtown District allows for a floor area ratio (FAR) of 12.0 for commercial and community facility use, or a FAR of 14.4 with bonus provisions. A 10.0 FAR for residential development is also applicable.

The site sits within close proximity of the 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center subway station and 42 Street-Bryant Park stations along Sixth Avenue, both serviced by the B, D, F, and M trains. Grand Central Terminal is also a short walk to the southeast with access to the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains, as well as the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road.

Demolition is slated for completion this winter, as noted on site.

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3 Comments on "Demolition Continues at 8-16 West 45th Street in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. Why are they building such a low building at this location?

  2. David in Bushwick | September 11, 2023 at 1:17 pm | Reply

    Well that’s a shame. The existing 4 buildings were a bit dumpy, but certainly the facades could have been renovated. We keep losing the original buildings of this area and that needs to stop.

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