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    Zombie Zapata Lives!

    Chelsea tower comes back to life.

    by Alan G. Brake



    While the real estate market in New York never stalled as fully as it did in the rest of the country, many projects went on ice. One that seemed unlikely to be revived, a 20-story tower on 23rd street designed by Carlos Zapata, is coming back to life. Initially planned as a hotel by Horizon Global, Abnau Enterprises acquired the lot 39-41 West 23rd for $18.5 million and plans to build the Zapata design as condominiums with ground floor retail.

    “Anbau Enterprises’ development philosophy is to create architecturally distinguished buildings that make positive contributions to their neighborhoods. In the case of 39-41 West 23rd Street, we have the ability to bring a brilliant design to life and deliver exceptional, sustainable homes to a neighborhood that is becoming a true 24/7 community,” wrote Barbara van Bueuren and Stephen Glascock, principals at Abnau, in an email. The company is also developing nearby 124 West 23rd, in the belief that Chelsea/Flatiron will continue to perform well as a high-end residential area.

    Located in the Ladies Mile Historic district, the Zapata design received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2005, which was a major incentive for the developers to retain the scheme. “We really like the design and we have a good working relationship with the architect. This is great news for us since the site is in a landmarked district,” Glascock and van Bueuren wrote. “To change the design would mean going through a new two-year-plus approval process with uncertain results.”

    The design respects the existing streetwall with a contextually scaled base, topped with an angled glass-clad tower reminiscent of Zapata’s Cooper Square Hotel. “It was important for the Commission and our team to arrive at a set of rules on which to evaluate the design,” Zapata wrote in an email. “Ultimately, we agreed that the design had to be consistent with the evolution of styles in the district, that the building should be representative of our times and make use of modern technologies, and that the design should maintain a level of quality consistent with the best buildings of the district.”

    http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5556

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    Thanks for posting this, Merry.

    I love this project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    “Anbau Enterprises’ development philosophy is to create architecturally distinguished buildings that make positive contributions to their neighborhoods. In the case of 39-41 West 23rd Street, we have the ability to bring a brilliant design to life and deliver exceptional, sustainable homes to a neighborhood that is becoming a true 24/7 community,” wrote Barbara van Bueuren and Stephen Glascock, principals at Abnau, in an email.
    Anbau or Abnau Enterprises, either way, we like this company and their philosophy very much.

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    Proof reading A lost craft in cyberspace.

    It's Anbau Enterprises.

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    COOKFOX's Cantilevering Flatiron Condos Move Forward

    by Shannon Ayala


    Renderings by COOKFOX

    The cantilevering puzzle-like COOKFOX building planned for 39-41 West 23 Street won the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission last October, but more approvals are still needed before work can begin on the 22-story, 38-unit building, so the project went before community board 5 this week. Developer Anbau Enterprises needs special zoning permits to allow residential use at the site, and to allow a 50 space parking garage in the historic district. The board's Land Use, Housing, and Zoning Committee ultimately voted to approve the resolutions, but only after a lengthy debate.



    "The package here is not compelling from a public interest perspective," said acting land-use, housing and zoning chair, Eric Stern. "It does not meet sort of the 'smell test,'" he said. Shared concerns were that the influx of new residents that will put pressure on existing schools and add an unnecessary load of cars to the area around Madison Square Park. "We're running the risk of spot zoning," said board member Jinny St. Goar. When a property is "spot zoned," it's considered to be at odds with the surrounding area's zoning or master plan. Goar added, "I think the notion of having more parking spaces in this building than there are units is really, it's not something I can support at all," referencing the various public transportation sites nearby. But that didn't sway a fellow board member who said, "if you're buying a million dollar condo you're probably showing up with a car, maybe more than one car."



    A broader debate arose over the long term political impact of allowing these zoning waivers. "We'd really be setting a precedent," said Stern, suggesting future applicants would assume entitlement to such waivers in the historic district. A different member argued he'd heard the precedent line enough times to see it discredited. "I think every situation is different," he said. "It doesn't work that way."



    Plans for the site have been in the works for a long time. The first proposal surface back in 2005, gracing us with Carlos Zapata's Pope Hat design, but after years of inaction, Horizon Global sold the site to Anbau Enterprises in 2010 for $18.5 million. Anbau tried to move forward with the Pope Hat, but that design became a holy memory after a rejection by the LPC. Anbau then tapped COOKFOX, whose design was approved by Landmarks after getting sent back just once.

    A little bit about that design...



    http://ny.curbed.com/places/39-41-west-23rd-street

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