View Full Version : Riverlofts - 92 Laight/424 Washington - Condo - by Tsao & McKown Architects

January 13th, 2003, 12:25 AM
From a recent New York Times article:

... Other projects with West Street frontages are in varying stages of planning. At one site, Africa Israel Investments Ltd., a development firm based in Yahud, a town outside of Tel Aviv, owns two connected parcels at West Street and Laight Street, three blocks south of Canal Street at the western fringe of TriBeCa.

Asi Cymbal, the American representative of the company, said the intention is to build a 69-unit condominium in two buildings, one of 13 stories at West and Laight and the other of six stories at Washington and Vestry Streets, connected by an internal corridor. There would be first-floor commercial space and below-ground parking. The architect is Ismael Leyva of Manhattan, with Tsao & McKown, also of Manhattan, as the design architect.

From Crain's New York:

Israeli firm acquires TriBeCa site for condos
by Lore Croghan

Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. paid $26.5 million, or $150 per developable square foot, for a site on Laight and West streets, where it plans to build condominium apartments.

The buyer is an investment fund that's publicly traded on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. Sellers Carl Marks Real Estate Group and the Claremont Group had assembled the TriBeCa site from three properties, 256 West St., 259 West St. and 416-424 Washington St.

After abandoning a plan to build a hotel there, they obtained the largest zoning variance ever granted for residential construction in TriBeCa.
Copyright 2002, Crain Communications, Inc

http://www.wirednewyork.com/images/real_estate/river-lofts/west_laight_africa_israel_12jan03.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/)

January 13th, 2003, 12:59 PM
It's about time. *The West side should be BEAUTIFUL with all new condos/rentals and offices. Retail on ground floor and some cultural amenities would be nice. *There also should be some innovative architecture and height - since it's such a prominent location. *This plus the new Hudson River Park will make it a great place in the city. *Look at the Meirer (sp?) buildings - celebs paying insane money.

Good to see.

January 13th, 2003, 01:34 PM
This area seems to have been overlooked uuntil now, perhaps because it is disconnected from the rest of the city by the Holland Tunnel interchanges.

January 14th, 2003, 01:50 AM
Tee hee hee... *I can already imagine these 60-year-old NIMBY's showing up at these board meetings and saying about this project... "The new condo will overcrowd the neighborhood!" "The architecture and building height will be out of place!" "It will encourage overdevelopment which will in turn attract terrorists!" blab blah blah...

(Edited by Agglomeration at 2:14 am on Jan. 15, 2003)

January 14th, 2003, 10:15 AM
Yeah, really. *It's amzaing - move to Idaho (offense to Idaho) if you want nothing to change and not "big mean buildings" to be built. *What did you think it was when you moved to NYC anyway.

No one is old enough to remember it as farms, I would think.

January 14th, 2003, 11:28 PM
:) *Yea, those big mean buildings are SCARY!

January 26th, 2003, 01:57 AM

Tribeca Site Sells for $26.5M; Residential Development Planned
By Glen Thompson
Last updated: Jan 22, 2003 *03:35PM

NEW YORK CITY-Brewran West Associates, an affiliate of the Carl Marks Real Estate Group and the Claremont Group, has sold three adjacent Tribeca parcels in a $26.5-million deal. The 23,000-sf assemblage, which includes a landmarked warehouse, will be developed as a residential project with ground-floor retail and an underground parking.
Carl Marks managing director Martin Schiffman tells GlobeSt.com the warehouse is the only existing building on the site and that its landmark status prohibits its demolition. "It's in the Tribeca Historic District and is going to be restored to its historical perspective," he says. A 14-story multifamily development will be built close to the warehouse, Marks adds. A 6,000-sf parking lot and a sliver of vacant land comprise the remainder of the assemblage. The parcels, which occupy half a block in an irregular configuration running north and east from the intersection of West and Laight streets, are the largest site in Tribeca to receive a residential variance.

The former owners acquired the three parcels--256 West St., 259 West St. and 416-424 Washington St.--in two transactions, between 1989 and 1993, and applied for a single variance that would change the zoning from manufacturing to residential, which they received. Under their original plan, the new building would be connected to the redeveloped warehouse, which will also contain residential units, via a "tastefully designed corridor," Schiffman notes. "We always contemplated the site as one major development.

"We sensed the opportunity of a changing neighborhood," Schiffman adds. "In 1989 when the American Savings Bank foreclosed its mortgage on a partially completed commercial building adjacent to the initial site, we arranged a joint venture with the savings bank to join the two properties to form the nucleus of the development plan." The third site, 259 West Street, was added in 1993 when Colonial Art Decorators, Inc., a family owned paint business went bankrupt.

The buyer, Israeli investment fund Africa Israel Investments Ltd., plans to build a similar complex to the Carl Marks plan, Schiffman notes, though they have asked the city for permission to make some minor changes to the original design. "The FAR has been predetermined," Schiffman notes. They have to work within the zoning envelope."

February 18th, 2004, 06:04 PM

The River Lofts condominium project along West Street at 92 Laight and 424 Washington is already 60 percent sold.

The former parking lot - on the north side of Laight, across from the Sugar Warehouse - has gone through gyrations for more than a dozen years, since it was controlled by now-defunct American Savings Bank.

The community insisted that the incredibly dilapidated warehouse at 424 Washington be rescued by the original hotel developer.

The current developer, Shaya Boymelgreen, accomplished this through the collaboration of Tsao & McKown with project architect Ismael Levya.

A new 13-story tower is rising on the parking lot and attached through its rear skylit gallery to the warehouse. The gallery will feature a live video art installation of the ebbs and flows of the Hudson River.

The Sunshine Group is marketing the 1,100- to 3,900-square-foot units, which are priced from $1.125 million to $8.55 million; they'll be ready for occupancy in 2005.

March 22nd, 2004, 10:37 PM
The post below was originally posted by ZippyTheChimp in another thread ...

North Tribeca across the street from the US Sugar Building. The original developer tried for over a decade to develop the L shaped site, a parking lot on West St, and a run down warehouse on Washington St that had to be stabilized to keep it from collapsing. The argument was over a zoning variance on the parking lot to offset the cost of renovating the warehouse. First a hotel and then residential buildings of various dimensions were proposed. The developer and the city came to terms sometime before 09/11, but afterward he sold to another group. The process started over and the present design was accepted.

It's just good to see something happen here. There were no sidewalks around the warehouse, and "park at your own risk" signs were posted around the building. :roll:

The old warehouse on Vestry and Washington Sts. The US Sugar Building is on the far left. It was built before the Civil War and may have been the tallest building in NYC (not counting church spires).

Laight and Washington Sts

View from Hudson River Park. The building on the left was completely ruined by that ugly two-storey addition.

RiverLofts Website (http://www.riverlofts-tribeca.com/)
The map on the website is in error.

July 7th, 2004, 10:06 PM
River Lofts (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/) on 5 July 2004.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/real_estate/river-lofts/river_lofts_5july04.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/)

February 12th, 2005, 02:12 PM
River Lofts (http://www.wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/default.htm) on 5 July 2004.

Any updates on this project? Must be almost done by now. I really like this one...

March 7th, 2005, 05:45 AM
if anyone has any more information reagrding this project I would be most grateful as it forming a case study for one part of my dissertation (BSc.Architectural Technology degree)
I'm basically looking for past uses, latest pics etc and any other relevant information

April 4th, 2005, 04:54 PM

A private club and salon where men can have their hair cut, enjoy spa treatments or simply play billiards and smoke cigars leased 3,603 feet at 424 Washington Place, part of the River Lofts complex.

John Allan's gentlemen's club will open in the Boymelgreen Development project created out of a former warehouse and attached new building.

Asking rent was $50 a foot and the 10-year deal has a five-year renewal option.

Roxanne Betesh of Sinvin Realty Corp., represented the owners while Michael Berger of GVA Williams represented the tenant.

Meryl Streep owns an $8.95 million penthouse in the second building at 92 Laight Street.

May 6th, 2005, 12:48 AM
River Lofts (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/) on 1 May 2005, with Pier 26.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/piers/pier26/pier26.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/)

September 11th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Sept 10, 2005

1. 92 Laight from HRP
2. The more intersting warehouse on Washington St. The roof addition replicates the arched windows.
3. Retail along Washington St.

4. Another development, 88 Laight St.

I don't know what is to happen at the corner parking lot. River Lofts seems to think there will be no development.

September 11th, 2005, 11:41 AM
This is a terrific development for this block.

The River Lofts is one of the best looking of the new buildings. Completely in character with the area but great modern touches in design. The depth of the window recesses is a huge plus. Plus the treatment of the penthouse floor is perfectly proportioned.

Gotta wonder if the huge billboard on top of the building just to the north (same block) will come down any time soon.

And the rerfurbishment of the old building on Washington was a long time coming. That building had been gutted and falling apart for years.

September 11th, 2005, 11:57 AM
The warehouse is the key to development of the area. The sidewalk had been fenced off for years, and it was park at your own risk because of falling bricks.

In not too many years, a school will be needed here. The city should start looking for a site now, maybe a mixed use development.

September 11th, 2005, 11:58 AM
4. Another development, 88 Laight St.
I don't know about the slanted windows...in NYC they'd be dirty all the time. But I guess if you can afford $3.5 M then you wash your windows on a daily basis.

http://www.elliman.com/ListingImages/images/de/713529.729134924.jpg (http://http://www.elliman.com/ListingImages/images/de/713529.729134924.jpg)

The new building at 497 Greenwich (near Spring) with the undulating glass facade is always dirty and has been since it went up a couple of years ago.

http://www.archinect.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_plexiglass.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:;)

September 11th, 2005, 12:04 PM
River Lofts Penthouse ( http://www.triplemint.com/triplemint/2005/03/penthouses.html ):


September 11th, 2005, 12:07 PM
In not too many years, a school will be needed here. The city should start looking for a site now, maybe a mixed use development.
The block to the north (with the one-story yellow buildings along West St.) is a prime location, although I wouldn't want to see anything too tall right up aginst West Street.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/piers/pier26/pier26.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/river_lofts/)

September 11th, 2005, 08:31 PM
River Lofts Penthouse ( http://www.triplemint.com/triplemint/2005/03/penthouses.html ):


The new home of Meryl Streep.

March 31st, 2006, 09:11 PM
Some good photos of River Lofts here: need to scroll a bit through other photos http://testofwill.blogspot.com/
Did not know these two bldg. were "one" project.....nice. - http://www.riverlofts-tribeca.com/
This is a vidio....great - http://www.riverlofts-tribeca.com/dvdpromo.html

March 31st, 2006, 09:43 PM
The new building at 497 Greenwich (near Spring) with the undulating glass facade is always dirty and has been since it went up a couple of years ago.

http://www.archinect.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_plexiglass.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:;)
Pretty much instant decrepitude. This one stayed nice just long enough to move the units. Architects are supposed to foresee such things.

This was a dumb building from the get-go. And we cheered so loudly for this building, as I recall. Anyone ready to learn something?

Anything for novelty.

I bet Gwathmey's Astor Place building looks better than this two years from now.

TLOZ Link5
March 31st, 2006, 09:58 PM
That's why we have window-washers and/or the equipment to do it mechanically, no?

March 31st, 2006, 10:01 PM
That's why we have window-washers and/or the equipment to do it mechanically, no?
On this one, do we?

How would you clean it with either one?

April 1st, 2006, 02:22 AM
And if they do have mechanical washers there they sure ain't using them ...

April 1st, 2006, 08:36 AM
And if they do have mechanical washers there they sure ain't using them ...
Wouldn't want to be the engineer to have to design one for this building. The cost of that little item might cause folks to prefer dirty windows.

Now that the new has worn off: how good is this building, really?

Sure were a lot of people who made fools of themselves by rhapsodizing over this building.

It was always pointless.

April 3rd, 2006, 06:17 PM
Is the Glass_Condo (http://www.glasscondo.com/) on Laight Street (positioned between the new River Lofts block on West St. and the refurbished River Lofts block on Washington) a separate development?

It's an odd building, described on the website as "mega-lofts". The building seems very narrow (although 60' long per the website). Big outdoor spaces, but it seems tucked behind the River Lofts building.

April 3rd, 2006, 07:00 PM
Is the Glass_Condo (http://www.glasscondo.com/) on Laight Street (positioned between the new River Lofts block on West St. and the refurbished River Lofts block on Washington) a separate development?

I dont know,,,,but that bldg is news to me......I like the website....simple, and a nice link to maps of riverside park.

This one has got my interest....I will get a sky view a map location and post here.

p.s. love those WORD hyperlinks Lofter :)


Address 88 Laight Street - http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/mp/Address.do;jsessionid=A111438BBFF073F2EB492807B933 7563

(update) here is somthing to obsess on:confused: ...... the lots for these new condos are a real puzzle!

April 3rd, 2006, 07:08 PM
p.s. love those WORD hyperlinks Lofter :)

tks --- my new obsession (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=89872#post89872)

April 3rd, 2006, 07:19 PM
Wow, I REALLY like River Lofts! Very well done.

The proportions of all the elements are great!

April 3rd, 2006, 07:25 PM
From what I gather.....the new and/or restored building at 88 Laight street
is surrounded by the Riverlofts project that uses two lots at opposite corners of the block but is connected by
a one story "hallway" in the middle of the block:confused: NY ARTchitecture.....the greatest.
Dont miss this ;;;;solor panel balcony railings? http://www.solarail.com/ linked from thier website at http://www.glasscondo.com/

April 3rd, 2006, 09:56 PM
Zippy posted pictures that show the Glass Condos building in relation to the River Lofts HERE (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=156) (but the link there to the Elliman listing is dead).

In those pics you can see how skinny the building is.

A rendering of the penthouse:

http://www.elliman.com/ListingImages/images/de/713529.729134924.jpg (http://http://www.elliman.com/ListingImages/images/de/713529.729134924.jpg)

April 3rd, 2006, 10:41 PM
Zippy posted pictures that show the Glass Condos building in relation to the River Lofts HERE (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=156) (but the link there to the Elliman listing is dead).

That hyperlink is not working Lofter, thanks anyway.

AS a side note: Something funny I noticed on this thread. The following is a quote from the photos taken by the TEST OF Will photoblogger:
424 Washington (River Lofts) http://testofwill.blogspot.com/
Walking down Washington between Laight and Vestry I look in a new building and see what looks like a row of mirrors for a salon, then in the next window a row of shoe-shine seats, then a pool table, then a salt water fish tank, and yet another window has an espresso machine at what looks like a coffe station. What kind of place is this going to be??
Hey, Test of Will guy! If your reading this....your surmise here is wrong....but the correct is on this thread:D http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46400&postcount=13

October 1st, 2006, 01:13 PM
The Glass Condo at 88 Laight looks close to being complete ...


But it is an odd one ...

The Entry to the building is up a flight of steps -- but not your normal Tribeca industrial loading dock type step-up, more in the vein of a Miami-y thang -- or via the fugly handicap-accessible wee elevator that greets you at the sidewalk ...


There is an open Patio of sorts -- aka "Outside Plaza" per the Floor Plan (http://projectrealestate.net/pdfs/300020_1.pdf) [ see attached ] -- at the top of the stairs with the Residential Lobby off to the right and what appears to be a space for a future Restaurant in the left 2/3 of the main floor -- seemingly with additonal space down below, which might expalin the very odd glass structure at the edge of the Patio: Skylight? Fishtank??

Next door at 78 Laight excavation is taking place at the site of the former parking lot.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1137&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1126452215 (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1137&d=1126452215)

This Article (http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/news.cr?noteid=8801) says that the developer of 78 Laight is the "Basile Builders Group, which is based in Brooklyn".

The Basile Builders (http://www.basilebuilders.com/) website has images of 78 Laight (aka 414 Washington St.) ...

Architect: Joseph P. Lombardi Assoc, & Arch

Across Washington St. at 415 Washington (aka 55 Vestry) site prep has started for another Basile Builders project, also designed by Joseph P. Lombardi ...

DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=2&allisn=0001292420&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt) shows that the plans for 55 Vestry were APPROVED on 9.29.06


October 1st, 2006, 01:24 PM
[QUOTE=lofter1;123415very odd glass structure at the edge of the Patio: Skylight? Fishtank?[/QUOTE]
Display case for the shop?

October 1st, 2006, 01:43 PM
It's only about 18 inches high off the surface of the patio ... glass top, glass front.

December 12th, 2006, 04:32 PM
The Glass Condo at 88 Laight looks close to being complete ...

But it is an odd one ...

PriceChopper: Glass Condos Shattered?

A Comment from Curbed ...

This is the ugliest-ass POS ever built in Tribeca.

curbed.com (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/12/12/pricechopper_glass_condos_shattered.php)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006, by Joey


Was asking: $2.688 million
Now asking: $2.295 million

What's up with that?: Much confusion over at the Glass Condominiums at 88 Laight Street in Tribeca, the weirdo solar-powered eight-unit building that has huge floor-thru lofts with 17-foot ceilings. Why the big drop? A tipster writes: "For some reason the developer of this Tribeca development at 88 Laight Street has drastically dropped the asking price on the units and is trying to sell them as is without baths or kitchen. A couple of the units are in contract but the asking prices the rest of the building are down about $400,000 each from a few months ago." The above is just one listing found on Corcoran, and StreetEasy (http://www.streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/28289-condo-88-laight-street-tribeca-new-york) showed the big drop five weeks ago. Anyone got any info?

Listing: 88 Laight Street (http://www.corcoran.com/property/listing.aspx?Region=NYC&ListingID=850268) [Corcoran]
Glass Condominiums (http://projectrealestate.net/html/results.jsp?page=1&maxprice=90000000&limit=4&loc=nyc&listingtype=home&exclusiveflg=1) [Project Real Estate]

December 13th, 2006, 08:37 AM
hmmmm....seems to me i would never want to buy a new development from a desperate developer....

December 13th, 2006, 12:20 PM
Was asking: $2.688 million
Now asking: $2.295 million

A tipster writes: "For some reason the developer of this Tribeca development at 88 Laight Street has drastically dropped the asking price on the units and is trying to sell them as is without baths or kitchen.

Just a wild wild guess, so correct me if I'm wrong, but maybe selling the units without baths or kitchen = no deliverable C of O = cash sales only? In other words, I can't imagine a bank writing a mortgage on a unit without a kitchen, so the target buyer becomes an all-cash buyer, who gets a lower price, and the developer gets a faster close??

ali r.
{downtown broker}

December 13th, 2006, 01:42 PM
This project at 88 Laight sounds like a nightmare from many angles ...

Most likely no proper C/O -- so get ready to fork over LOTs of $$ to architects / lawyers to get that in order ...

The new building rising to the east will mean that the very large balconies will be abutted on both sides by buildings, as this building is set back from the street (incidentally, wonder how much of the square footage claimed for each of these units is outdoor space on those balconies??) ...

All that south-facing glass will mean you're blinded by the light -- and what view do you see? The dull Citigroup buildings a couple of blocks to the south ...

They've knocked off a hefty amount of the price, but you'll have to install / pay for your own kitchens / baths. I guess if you can fork over $2M + in cash then another couple $100K in cash for those intallations won't be a problem ...

Seems if you've got $3M to spend there are better ways to go -- unless you're trying to do move some money round-about ...

April 20th, 2008, 03:01 PM
Can anyone tell me if these River Lofts are finished and occupancy is available?

April 20th, 2008, 04:21 PM
River Lofts have been completed for some time.

Google search shows a number of units sold, but here is one possible listing @ $5.5 M ...

92 Laight Street - Apt: 6a

DirectLoft.com (http://www.directloft.com/default.asp?location%5Fid=100079&category%5Fid=200006&rental%5Fid=300967)

http://www.directloft.com/xt_download.asp?rental%5Fid=300967&image%5Fid=106633 (http://www.directloft.com/default.asp?location%5Fid=100079&category%5Fid=200006&rental%5Fid=300967&image%5Fid=106633)

August 30th, 2011, 07:10 PM
I was wondering why so much scaffolding was going up on a building less than 8 years old. I remember they were doing something on the exterior a few years ago.

It looks like there may have been a problem that was bigger than expected, and not easily fixed. Couldn't find any news items, but there's a load of DOB job filings (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?boro=1&houseno=92&street=laight+st&requestid=0&s=A03C41B885B461E4F46BD08866A7430E).

http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/2548/riverlofts13c.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/593/riverlofts13c.jpg/) http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/1470/riverlofts14c.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/riverlofts14c.jpg/) http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7109/riverlofts15c.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/riverlofts15c.jpg/)

August 30th, 2011, 08:07 PM
Nothing like new luxury construction.

Those DOB permits list a litany of problems.

Word of the day: WYTHE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wythe)

As in: "Reconstruction of the inner wythe of masonry at the parapet" (along with reconstruction of other wythes here and there)

August 30th, 2011, 08:40 PM
I was wondering about this too

This seems to be the permit. Bone/Levine seem to be the architects of reclad. They do good contextual work.



The building was designed by Tsao & McKown, architects of William Beaver House - if only that was getting reclad too.

The old pre-cast concrete facade, which looked ok but got dirty real fast.

August 31st, 2011, 01:24 AM
According to the Landmarks Permit for this job all the pre-cast stone pieces were to be stored and re-installed.

August 31st, 2011, 07:23 AM
One of the DOB jobs was for repairing the interior of perimeter walls. I don't think this is an aesthetic reclad. Except maybe the penthouse.

Nicest thing about the building appearance is that, although outside the landmarked district, the windows are deep set.

August 31st, 2011, 11:11 AM
Definitely not for aesthetics. LPC Permits and other paperwork at DOB talk about the need to do the work for safety issues, water penetration, etc. Seems the entire building envelope was improperly sealed during original construction. One can only imagine the cost involved in the current work, and the amount needed to fix the mess -- particularly in legal fees for owners, even if the re-construction costs are covered by insurance or the original contractors.

September 12th, 2012, 10:00 PM


September 13th, 2012, 12:12 AM
Almost all new facade on this ~ 5-year old building is now nearly complete. Hope the insurance (or developer) covered the cost.

February 22nd, 2014, 10:01 PM
By 1999 the developer gave up on the hotel plan, and instead moved ahead with what would become the River Lofts (but not at the hoped for 19 stories) ...

Residents Say New Tower Plan Is Still Too Much to Take

NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/17/nyregion/neighborhood-report-tribeca-update-residents-say-new-tower-plan-still-too-much.html)
October 17, 1999

It was first proposed in 1993, a hotel and conference center at the edge of the TriBeCa North Historic District, that would link a derelict warehouse that had been designated a landmark to a new 31-story tower.

But while the developer later reduced the tower to 19 stories, some local groups still fought the building, asserting that it would cause too much traffic as hotel guests and conference visitors came and went. For years, there was litigation and contention, most recently before the city's Board of Standards and Appeals, which conducted hearings for the better part of a year on the developer's request for a variance.

Now it looks as if this long-delayed project -- the tower is on West Street just south of Canal, the warehouse at Washington and Vestry Streets -- will be delayed again.
Brewran West Associates, the developer, asked the board last week to delay the next hearing scheduled in the matter until March, so that it could revise its plans and transform the structure into a residential building.

''It appeared to us that we were not going to be able to convince the board that the traffic wasn't going to be a problem,'' said Jay Segal, the lawyer for the developer. A change to apartments would eliminate traffic concerns, he said.

Under the revised proposal, the tower and the warehouse, which is built in Romanesque Revival style, as well as a two-story structure connecting them, will be residential. The ground floors of the buildings will house lobbies and stores.

Opponents are not so sure the change will help. Jack Lester, the lawyer for the TriBeCa Community Association and the 67 Vestry Tenants Association, both of which have sued to stop the project, said that his clients were ''gratified that the developer finally saw the light'' with respect to the congestion a hotel might cause. But they continue to think that a project with a 19-story tower, even if it is used for apartments, will result in too many people.

''My clients are still going to fight the size of the building,''