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    Default 158 Madison Avenue - 37 floors, 450 feet

    158 Madison Avenue





    This project is located on Madison Avenue in the trendy Flat Iron district of New York City. The buildig is a T-shape, spanning the entire block between 32nd Street and 33rd Street, with a finger reaching out to Madison Avenue. The building has a gross area of approximately 155,000 square feet with 37 residential floors and 6,000 square feet of retail space. The project is proposed to contain 103 residential units ranging in size from 540 square feet to 3,800 square feet. Amenities include a private health spa located on the cellar level complete with a hot tub, a 58-0' x 10'-0" lap pool, a Yoga center, a gymnasium and locker rooms. The structure consists of reinforced concrete with a mat foundation attached to grade beams and caissons that will be driven 30 feet into the ground, to ensure the weight and anticipated loads of the building do not impact the structural integrity of the adjacent tunnel for the Long Island Railroad. The exterior of the building is a Curtainwall Unitized Structural Glazing System rising up over 450 feet above ground level.





    http://www.relianceconstruction.com/english/

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    I had hoped that a developer would have acquired more sites on this block. There is a lot of run down garbage, particularly the building on the north corner and the buildings on the side street just west of it.

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    Default I like this building

    but 32nd. and Madison is more Murray Hill than Flatiron.

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    Me too. I like the tower portion but what's up with that silly-looking one-story base? What is/was on the site before?

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    Throw the tower on top of a parking garage and it would fit in perfectly in Chicago.

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    Cool. This was the site of Sundari Lofts & Tower. The developers configured the site differently though.

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    Yeah, it appears that they either acquired more properties (26/24/20 E. 33 St.) since the Sundari proposal and/or bought additional air rights from adjacent properties.

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    It appears that the developer has acquired many, if not all, of the disgusting buildings on 33rd St. That's good news.

    This tower will be rising directly across 33rd Street from Frank Williams' new tower located at 176 Madison.

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    Plans for 158 Madison Avenue reportedly revised


    28-JAN-08

    Plans for a new residential condominium tower at 158 Madison Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets have been reportedly revised.

    In August, 2005, Thorwood Real Estate LLC, a joint venture headed by Joseph Sitt, the president and chief executive office of Thor Equities LLC, and Andrew Heiberger, the president of Buttonwood Real Estate LLC and the former founder and president of CitiHabitats, announced plans for a project at the site that was to be known as Sundari Lofts & Tower.

    Those plans called for a 20-story, 50-unit building with balconies staggered above the five floors on Madison Avenue from the south to the north at the top.

    In June, 2006, the venture, however, retained Massey Knakal Realty Services to sell the plans for the project that has a narrow mid-block frontage on the avenue.

    Today, Curbed.com had an article stating that Reliance Construction Group had a new and different rendering for the project on its website. A spokesperson at Reliance's New Jersey office confirmed for Cityrealty.com that it was the construction manager for the project but had no comment on who the developer is.

    The spokesperson did confirm that Ismael Leyva, who had drawn up the previous plan, is the architect. A call to Mr. Leyva's office was referred to the project manager for the development, Minish Chadra, but he did not return the call by late today.

    The new design is for a 37-story tower with 103 units ranging in size from 540 square feet to 3,800 square feet, according to the Curbed.com article. The article stated the building would have a fitness center with a 58-by-10-foot pool and a Yoga center, features that the previous design also included.

    The rendering indicated that the building would no longer have staggered balconies facing the avenue and that the south part of its avenue frontage would be curved and that it would have three setbacks near its angled top, which would also have a spire. The rendering, however, did not appear to correlate to existing neighboring buildings on the avenue and no new building plans were on file with the Department of Buildings.

    "Sundari" is a Sanskrit word for "beautiful" and the earlier plans called for an Asian-style lobby and a garden with a waterfall, a 24-hour concierge, bicycle storage, individual storage units, and apartments would have had ceilings of 9 feet to 10 feet eight inches, washers and dryers, free-standing Starck soaking tubs, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Miele dishwashers, mahogany floors, green onyx vanities, and Viking ranges and ovens.

    The site was formerly occupied by a utility substation that at one time served as Andy Warhol's studio.


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    ^ The folks over at cityrealty sound confused. This tower will not be fronting Madison Ave. The street in front of the tower seen in the above renderings is E. 33 St.

    There will only be lowrise, sliver extensions to Madison Ave. and E. 32 St., thus giving the site a T-shape.

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    It appears that the developer has acquired many, if not all, of the disgusting buildings on 33rd St.
    The only buildings that are expendable are 26 E. 33 (plain five-story) & 24 E. 33 (one-story tax payer), all the others including the T-shaped 158 were fairly attractive and well maintained.

    158 Madison on the E. 32 St. side:



    158 Madison on the E. 33 St. side:



    15 E. 32 St. (neighbor):



    20 E. 33 St.:



    24 E. 33 St.:



    168 Madison Ave. [couldn't get a pic of 26 E. 33 St. but you can make it out from this pic here. It is behind the corner building (168)]:

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    Thumbs up Great set of photos, nims.

    Very informative.

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    Some shots from December of the lot at 20 East 33rd ...

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    There's a beautiful brownstone just west of this site which, fortunately, will be saved. The other buildings that will be razed, but for the one in Lofter's photo, are truly disgusting. This is quite good.

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    This is a very good sign for the old neighborhood. I am glad that he has bought the block... All the neighborhood needs is a shot in the arm of adrenaline... If they get new residents and new stores this might just be what is needed to spark a ton of growth in the area!!

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    I noticed on April 25, 2008 that a tenant (that sells junk) in one of the dilapidated buildings on Madison that's not part of this site has a sign that says "Lost Our Lease." I hope the developer is trying to expand this site and that this junk will be razed.


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