Rafael Viñoly has become one of the more prominent designers of Manhattan’s residential real estate in recent years, and today, YIMBY has the first rendering for the architect’s latest skyscraper, at 249 East 62nd Street on the Upper East Side. While the tower will technically comprise only 32 floors, it will stand 510 feet to its rooftop, taking advantage of a Jetsons-esque podium to boost its upper levels high into the neighborhood skyline.
249 East 62nd Street
Florida-based Real Estate Inverlad Development and South Carolina-based Third Palm Capital have filed applications for a 32-story, 83-unit mixed-use tower at 249 East 62nd Street, located in the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side. The new building would encompass 145,130 square feet and stand 510 feet in height. Retail space will measure 2,561 square feet across the ground and cellar levels, followed by 83 residential units across the ground through 29th floors. The apartments should average 1,188 square feet apiece. Rafael Viñoly’s Hudson Square-based architecture firm is the architect of record, the Real Deal reported. The 8,765-square-foot site is presently vacant.
S.W. Management has acquired the vacant development site spanning 1179-1183 Second Avenue and 249-251 East 62nd Street, on the Upper East Side, for $64.3 million. According to Crain’s, the property lot at the corner of Second Avenue and East 62nd Street, at 253 East 62nd Street, is not included in the acquisition, although its former five-story predecessor was demolished just last year. The site that was newly acquired can accommodate 87,650 square feet of development potential as-of-right. A future building could include ground-floor retail space and residential units above. Plans for the site have not been disclosed. Sometime between 2009 and 2011, five tenement buildings ranging between three and five stories were demolished at the site.