Tribeca-based developer DDG has just started construction on 180 East 88th Street, set to become the tallest tower above 72nd Street, when it tops out at 521 feet.
On adjacent triangular parcels at 100 Franklin Street — between West Broadway and Sixth Avenue, in Tribeca — DDG plans to develop two mixed-use buildings of six and eight stories tall, totaling 10 condominiums, with retail space on the ground floor. According to Crain’s Business, the Board of Standards and Appeals has granted DDG a variance to ignore a required upper-level set-back. The project is being designed in-house, and ground breaking is expected by the Fall, with completion is 2017. The LPC approved the project in January 2014.
Two years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission greenlighted an innovative design to convert a Tootsie Roll factory to condos at 325 West Broadway in Soho. Now we have a new rendering of the aluminum and glass-clad project, dubbed XOCO 325 after the Catalan word for chocolate.
Back in February, YIMBY revealed the first renderings of DDG’s new tower coming to 180 East 88th Street. Now, YIMBY has also learned that the project’s 521-foot height (it has seen a bump from 469 feet) will make it the tallest building north of 72nd Street. A tipster has also sent along demolition photos, which show the old tenements that formerly occupied the site have now been cleared to make way for the 31-story building.
Back in August, YIMBY reported on the first permits for a new building coming to 1558 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 88th Street. DDG was behind the filings, and the firm designs the…