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    Default 37 Warren Street - office to condo conversion

    This just came out recently:

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    I live not to far away from here, and often pass by it. Its a very nice 8 story pre-war former office building. The design is very unique and with its smaller floor plates I always figured it would be converted into condos at some point, I guess its happening now. Apparently the developer is planning to add a few floors to the top - im pretty skeptical how well it will turn out, hopefully not as poorly as the Tribeca Space buidling directly across the street.

    If the facade is cleaned this building will look great, though the location is pretty dull. I'm sure it will be marketed as being in Tribeca. though its essentially a block north of the WTC.

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    This will be interesting to see: adding new floors to existing building of this vintage is often poorly executed from what I have seen. The Hearst building is much larger than this project, but the addition to the existing building came off quite nicely in my opinion - lets wait and see what happens here.

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    Here's an old design by John Sarracco Architect that's been sitting around for a while. Lofter reposted it recently.

    But permits were recently filed for a slightly taller addition by Handel Architects. I expect more glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Here's an old design by John Sarracco Architect that's been sitting around for a while.
    That is a real ham-handed architectural design; and if the curtain wall materials they end up using are cheep looking - it will only add insult to injury.

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    I hope this turns out well, that area really needs to get cleaned up. I dont know what you would call that neighborhood, south Tribeca or whatever but right now its pretty dull and soulless. If Stern's plan for the four seasons hotel condo tower goes through on park place it could potentially change the area. Right now its just a really crappy transition from the WTC to Tribeca proper.

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    Warren Street Loft Addition Reveals Renderings and Pricing

    by Sara Polsky

    The Art Deco building at the corner of Warren and Church streets has been getting a new top: four stories of lofts. Tribeca Citizen noticed that the units are now on the market, and the project's website includes a whole bunch of renderings and floorplans for the newbies. Amenities will include a gym, rooftop garden, and clubhouse for kids, and the lobby will have a 20-foot-tall vertical garden. The facade of the addition is "reflective copper-bronze colored stainless steel," and it was designed by Handel Architects to top the original building designed by Starrett & Van Vleck.

    Here's the slate of prices for the first listings released:

    Warren Lofts: Renderings, Pricing, Floor Plans [Tribeca Citizen]
    Official website: 37 Warren []

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    I think the south side of the addition is all blank wall, though. It sure looks like it from Park Pl. Woof!

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    Too bad the historic district extension through Warren St to Murray St didn't include the corner buildings, or this wouldn't have been allowed.

    Most of Warren St has been renovated, and looks terrific.

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    Warren Street Shines in WTC's Shadow


    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street Journal Cyclists navigate

    Over the course of the next 18 months, construction workers will put the final touches on two World Trade Center towers, but a street that dwells in their shadow is already being transformed by an influx of new developments.

    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street Journal
    Warren Street's Raccoon Lodge

    Warren Street has long enjoyed a robust mix of New York oddities, including a massive walk-in humidor for cigar lovers, the Fountain Pen Hospital and the Raccoon Lodge, a dive bar that became a gathering place for rescue workers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    But these days, Warren Street—which sits on the southern edge of TriBeCa near the Financial District—is ceding some of that gritty charm to an influx of ultraluxury developments.
    The strip's development was kicked off by 101 Warren St., a glassy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed tower with 227 condos and a Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond and Barnes & Noble in the base. The Whole Foods opened at the intersection of Warren and Greenwich streets in 2008, just two blocks from the World Trade Center.

    That was followed by 53 Warren St., six-unit loft conversion, and 55 Warren St., where the penthouse features a private endless swimming pool.

    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street
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    Now, with few opportunities for new residential construction in TriBeCa, a handful of luxury developers are betting they can fetch top prices for new ultraluxury developments on Warren Street, even though it is busier and more commercial than many of the neighborhood's picturesque streets.

    Sonny Bazbaz, president of Bazbaz Development, is developing an 18-unit condo at 37 Warren St.—where the top-floor penthouse could fetch as much as $6.5 million when units formally hit the market next week.

    Mr. Bazbaz was formerly an executive at Fisher Brother and Madden Real Estate and has overseen the development of hospitality projects in Las Vegas. But 37 Warren is his company's first residential project. He bought the site from the bank when it was in foreclosure proceedings for a total acquisition cost $15.5 million.

    Mr. Bazbaz, who used to live around the block from the building, which was formerly home to the headquarters of a seed-distribution company, said he decided to buy it because he loved its arched ground-floor windows and believed that the block was transforming around it.

    "We've started to see an evolution of TriBeCa and the center of gravity really move toward the south," said Mr. Bazbaz. "Over the last five years, it is become more and more prominent as a residential street."

    James Lansill, a senior managing director with Corcoran Sunshine, which is marketing the project, also said the developers hope to capitalize on the fact that there is little new inventory currently available in TriBeCa. "There's going to be a pause before other developments open," he said.

    Joe McMillan, chief executive of DDG Partners, which built the boutique luxury building 41 Bond St., is planning a similarly upscale 15-floor condo at 12-14 Warren St. He recently acquired the distressed site for $14.8 million.

    Mr. McMillan said the street's transformation can be partly credited to the heavy investment in the area since Sept. 11. The residential population of Lower Manhattan has jumped from about 22,000 residents in 2000 to about 60,000 today, according to the Downtown Alliance, a local business advocacy organization.

    "The World Trade Center is revitalizing the entire business district," said Mr. McMillan, who also pointed to the new headquarters of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as bringing affluent workers and residents to the area. "The entire area has been rejuvenated," he added.

    Thus far at least, the influx of more-affluent residents has been welcomed by a number of longtime businesses.

    "Twenty-eight years ago, you'd be lucky to see 100 people a day who'd walk on the street. Now you see 100 people every half-hour at least. Everything is turning residential down here," said Steve Wiederlight, the 60-year-old owner of Fountain Pen Hospital. The store opened in 1946 and offers hundreds of new and vintage pens.

    The street has also seen new retail and services spring up, including TriBeCa Spine and Wellness Center and TriBeCa Pediatrics. In addition, a handful of restaurants, shops and bars, including Italian eateries Brick NYC and Il Giglio, as well as New York Vintners, a wine-tasting store, have opened. A high-end sports bar, Warren 77, is co-owned by former New York Ranger Sean Avery.
    "It's absolutely fantastic," said Pamela Graf, one of the owners of Il Giglio, said of the area. "Beautiful buildings used to be parking lots. [It] used to be nothing but parking lots. We've really seen amazing changes," she said, adding: "When the World Trade Center reopens, [there will be] nothing but great things."

    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street Journal

    $5.6 million
    37 Warren St., PHB

    This is a full-floor penthouse with three bedrooms and four baths.
    Property Plus: A 300-square-foot terrace faces the Hudson.
    Property Minus: Purists may not like that the penthouses are in a new addition on top of the original building.

    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street Journal

    $11.995 million
    55 Warren St., PH

    This is a four-bedroom duplex loft penthouse with 4½ bathrooms.
    Property Plus: Asking price was reduced $3 million two weeks ago.
    Property Minus: Doorman-concierge is part-time.

    Parker Eshelman for The Wall Street Journal

    $1.49 million
    101 Warren St., No. 600

    This one-bedroom, 1½ bathroom unit has floor-to-ceiling windows.
    Property Plus: Master bath has rain shower and deep soaking tub.
    Property Minus: The building has a couple hundred units, which may not appeal to some.

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    That article provides a good summary of the project; and plenty of renderings/photos/graphics. The RE development is tastefully done, without getting too extravagant with that addition on top; or the alterations on the spaces inside. That simple box on top visualy 'works' because that cladding material is rich in color and the gridded seams give it texture; it all blends nicely with the tradional masonry work on the facade of the original structure.

    There was obviously due consideration given to the efficient 'construct ability' and therefore cost effectiveness of this adaptive reuse makeover: this is a RE development that 'makes sense' on every level - well done Sonny B.

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