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Thread: 131 Eighth Avenue @ West 16th / West 17th Streets - by SLCE Architects

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    Default 131 Eighth Avenue @ West 16th / West 17th Streets - by SLCE Architects

    Ran across this photo from earlier this year of a demolition taking place on the NW corner of Eighth Ave. and W. 16 St, comprising of nearly the whole Eighth Ave. blockfront except for the lone building on the W. 17 St. corner.

    There were six small, one to three-story buildings taken down. I wonder what will take their place.

    Can't be too large since the FAR's only a 4. So far only DM permits are up on the DOB site.


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    I wonder how many small businesses were lost, and what, if anything, will replace them.

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    There were businesses on each of the groundfloor spaces in each of the six buildings.

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    Default my view...

    My office looks down at this site. It was totally vacant for months and months, and they finally started driving piles last week.

    You can see a rendering for what will be here at:
    www.winick.com/2006_Listings/131-8th/131eigthbroch.pdf

    Basically it's a very bland 6-story building with ground-floor retail (which will undoubtedly be a bank).

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    Now I will really barf.
    This is just absolutely sickening.

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    Deadening to the eye ^

    Many BIG trees needed -- and FAST.

    Will lower Eighth become the new Sixth at street elvel?

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    Ugly. But why rid off some of the older buildings for a 6-story anyway? Is it the zoning?

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    Bigger windows?

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    Per DOB, of the six older buildings that came down here: three were 2-stories and three were 4-stories ...

    Rendering seems to show ~ 7 - 8 stories.

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    I'm pretty sure that's the Chelsea limit unless the property is right next to a subway entrance.

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    This property is on the NW corner of Eighth / 16th ...

    There's a subway entrance right on that corner.

    Do you know if that ^ would allow for greater height?

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    No because that would make sense. I think there's only a bonus if you renovate the station.

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    Look at all that horrid reflective and wiggly glass on the groundfloor.

    Quote Originally Posted by zinka View Post
    Basically it's a very bland 6-story building with ground-floor retail (which will undoubtedly be a bank).
    It will be a bank. The Winick brochure already indicates that Bank of America has taken the corner space. The other space is still available so Duane Reade or some other pharmacy chain will probably end up taking that.

    What's so sad about this is that there were six diverse private retailers (no chains) that included restaurants and such.


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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    Ugly. But why rid off some of the older buildings for a 6-story anyway? Is it the zoning?
    Check Google Maps. Half the site was one-story taxpayers, and the other half was a 3-story apartment building that only covered about half the site (with a big rear yard). They're putting a *lot* more density into this location. Unfortunately, the rendering is awful.

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    I'm old enough to remember when that was a dangerous corner at night, and if I had to go through it, I would walk at a pretty fast clip!

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