It was in September of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you news of the 32-story, 48-unit mixed-use tower under development at 180 East 88th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, we showed you what the view would be like from one of the upper-floor residential units. Since March, foundation work has been underway at the site, but the New York City Buildings Department recently issued a stop-work-order for the project due to a zoning controversy that allegedly allowed the developers to build a taller tower than normal, the New York Times reported. The Buildings Department says a four-foot-wide lot was created on East 88th Street to avoid streetwall and setback requirements, which allowed for the creation of a taller building. As a result, the department revoked the previously approved building permits and is requiring that DDG Partners submit new plans. The condominium tower was expected to be the tallest building above 72nd Street, at 521 feet in height. HTO Architect was the architect of record, although DDG designs their projects in-house.
The 12-story Standish Hotel in Brooklyn Heights is getting a makeover, and YIMBY has a rendering of the revamped property at 169-171 Columbia Heights.
Innovative design-build firm DDG picked up an art gallery in Chelsea for $24.25 million back in 2014, and now they’ve filed plans to build condos on the property near the High Line.
In October of 2015, YIMBY brought you renderings of the 10-story, 21-unit residential building under development at 325 West Broadway, in SoHo. Now, new photos from our friend Tectonic show that construction on the property is done. Dubbed XOCO 325, the 55,962-square-foot structure’s condominium units range from 1,055-square-foot one-bedrooms to 2,658-square-foot four-bedrooms. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a fitness center, private residential storage, bicycle storage, and a rooftop terrace. DDG is both the developer and design architect, although Thomas O’Hara’s HTO Architect is the architect of record. Occupancy has already begun. The property is located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District.
DDG and Westbrook Partners plan to convert the former Standish Hotel building at 169 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn Heights, into condominium units, according to Crain’s. The team acquired the property from Taurus Investment Holdings for $60 million in the summer of 2015. Taurus had converted the 12-story building into 112 rental apartments last decade. It’s currently dubbed The Standish. It was not disclosed if the number of units will change after the conversion.