Back in April of 2014, YIMBY reported on plans for a nine-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 8 West 70th Street, on the Upper West Side. In December of that same year, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved the demolition of the site’s former four-story structure, as the site is located within the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. Congregation Shearith Israel is now set to begin excavation imminently on the 55,027-square-foot project, the Wall Street Journal reports. The below-grade levels through the fourth floor will contain 20,013 square feet space for the religious institution, featuring classrooms, offices, a banquet hall, a library, and connections to the existing synagogue. The remainder of the building will contain full-floor condominium units. PBDW Architects is behind the design. The Board of Standards and Appeals granted a height variance for the project in 2008.
In September of 2013, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved the design for a six-story, 44,243-square-foot commercial-retail project at 529 Broadway, located on the corner of Spring Street in SoHo. The site, along with much of the neighborhood, is located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, which means projects are subject to LPC approval. Construction at the building, technically an expansion of an existing two-story structure, is now wrapping up, as seen in photos by Tectonic. The new structure has already received a majority of its curtain wall and work is likely now focused on the interior. When it opens later this year, the entire building will be leased as retail space. BKSK Architects designed the building, and Aurora Capital Associates, Wharton Properties, Thor Equities, and the Adjmi family are the developers.
Another piece of the puzzle that is the Howard Hughes Corporation’s plan to revitalize the South Street Seaport is one step closer to fitting into place. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the relocation of the Tin Building.
As we’ve told you in the past, the Landmarks Preservation Commission deals with projects both extremely big and very small. Such was the case last Tuesday, when it approved the expansion of a single-family home at 4520 Waldo Avenue in the Bronx’s Fieldston Historic District.
Connecticut-based Stoneleigh Capital has reportedly signed a letter of intent with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to head the redevelopment of the four-story Battery Maritime Building, an individual landmark located at 10 South Street, in the Financial District. According to Politico New York, the new developer replaces the Dermot Company, who was selected in 2006 to transform the building into a hotel but never completed the project. The conversion is currently a little more than halfway complete. Once finished by the end of 2017, it will include a 60-plus-key boutique hotel, a restaurant and bar on the rooftop, and pubic space in the Grand Hall. Part of the building is still used to launch ferries to Governors Island. Rogers Partners originally designed the project, but when the project resumed after the last economic downturn it was subsequently re-designed for a new program by Ismael Leyva Architects, who also took the building through multiple agency approvals and finally into construction.