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 January, YIMBY brought you an update on the planned 10-story, 64-unit residential addition atop the existing six-story, 144-unit rental building at 707-711 West End Avenue, between West 94th and 95th Streets, on the Upper West Side. Now, Curbed has the first official rendering that shows a glimpse of the top of the structure. The project, dubbed the Haswell, will add 155,420 square feet of residential space to the property. Condominium units should average a spacious 1,905 square feet apiece, and amenities will include private and communal outdoor spaces, a reading room, and a renovated lobby. The existing, largely rent-stabilized, building will also get extensive renovations, including new windows, and will have access to 5,000 square feet of new outdoor space on the second floor. SJP Properties and P2B Ventures are the developers and PBDW Architects is designing. Completion is expected in early 2018.
In June of 2015, YIMBY reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission – after several contentious sessions – approved redevelopment plans for the 12-story, five-unit residential building at 807 Park Avenue, between East 74th and 75th streets, on the Upper East Side. The 18,972-square-foot project includes rebuilding the existing structure but keeping intact the remnant of the original building’s façade on floors two through five. The current building consists of a 12-story, three-unit rental property, although the site is now being placed on the market for north of $30 million by its owner, Aion Partners, the New York Post reports. The approved redevelopment plans, designed by PBDW Architects and Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, include a triplex unit across the ground through third floors, three duplex units across the next six floors, and a triplex unit on the 10th through 13th floors.
The year 2015 marked the near-complete demolition of Times Square’s second oldest structure. The Columbia Amusement Co. Building, which opened at Times Square’s northeast corner on West 47th Street in January 1910. 701 7th Avenue was known by a variety of names during its century-long life span. Like the slightly older yet much more famous One Times Square at the opposite end of the square, the building engaged in the neighborhood’s classic disappearing act, where giant billboards seen by millions made their renovation-scarred hosts all but invisible. But behind the ads, standing on a 16,000-square-foot lot, was a building with a history as dramatic and diverse as that of the famous square on which it stood.
When two developers decided to build 10 stories of condos on top of an occupied, rent-stabilized apartment building at 711 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side, tenants were predictably upset. To appease the renters, many of whom have lived there for decades, the landlords plan to renovate and add new amenities to the seven-story brick building between 94th and 95th Streets.