Will the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City at 361 Central Park West become condominiums? We still don’t know. But we do know many in the community don’t want the conversion and at least one pastor wants to preach there.
Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel
It was all the way back on March 11th that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved controversial plans to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City, located at 361 Central Park West and West 96th Street, into 39 condominiums. But that wasn’t the last word. The battle went on in the community board, and it continued this week at the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), and will continue into 2016.
Back in June, YIMBY reported on the Lightstone Group’s acquisition of the six-story building at 40 East End Avenue, at East 81st Street in Yorkville. Permits were filed at the end of October with a support of excavation filing on Friday, and now new details can be reported. The plan is still demolition of the existing building in favor of an 18-story building, rising to 210 feet. The plan reported in June called for 30 condominium units, but the filing shows 29 units.
When Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Real Estate Group shelled out $270 million for two luxury rental buildings in the Upper East Side and Gramercy last year, it was only a matter of time until they became condos. Now construction is moving along at 385 First Avenue in Gramercy, and the property has a teaser site and a new name: Luminaire.
Back in June, YIMBY last brought you a construction update on the 51-story, 68-unit residential tower at 5 Beekman Street/115 Nassau Street, in the Financial District. In the summer, the building was a few floors from topping out, and now, per Curbed, the building has topped out with exception of the metal ornamental turrets. The Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel-designed tower rises from the 10-story Temple Court building, which is also being converted into a 287-key hotel. GFI Capital and GB Lodging are developing, and completion is expected next year on both components of the project.