The world’s current tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has broken a record. Total sales of its condominiums have now surpassed $2 billion, and co-developers CIM Group and Macklowe Properties have made the announcement that their Midtown project has now achieved the all-time record for all of New York City. This news leaves the developers just $1.1 billion dollars shy of their expected total $3.1 billion sell-out.
Images are out now for the redesigned penthouse in 100 Barclay Street, an Art Deco skyscraper adjacent to One World Trade Center on the southern edge of Tribeca. The 32-story building, originally known as the Barclay-Vesey Building, opened in 1927, designed by architect Ralph Walker. During the September 11th attack, the building suffered heavy damage on its southern and eastern facades. Tishman Realty & Construction led its repairs, with William F. Collins responsible for the restoration. The project was finished in three years at a cost of $1.4 billion, whereby all ornamental details and carving motifs were fixed. Since then, the upper floors have been converted to condominiums.
CIM Group has entered into contract to purchase, for nearly $90 million, the vacant 24-story, 156-unit apartment building at 301 First Avenue, located on the corner of East 17th Street in Gramercy. The future owners of the 200,000-square-foot tower are floating plans to either renovate the property into rental apartments or demolishing it for a new condominium building, The Real Deal reported. The 13,248-square-foot lot is currently overbuilt under present-day zoning laws. The building was built in 1969 to house Mount Sinai Beth Israel medical personnel and was vacated in the summer of 2016.
Kushner Companies, LIVWRK, and the CIM Group have closed on the purchase, for $345 million, of the 135,000-square-foot development site at 85 Jay Street, in DUMBO. The full-block property, currently vacant, could accommodate up to 1.1-million square feet of mixed-use development, the New York Post reported. The new owners plan to develop the site within current zoning laws. A project “with mixed uses” is planned, although plans are very preliminary. It was reported earlier that the site could host as many as 1,000 residential units. The team is in the process of hiring architects and consultants.
As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.