Does anyone know anything about 309 Fifth Avenue site? I know it is ready for demolition any day now and it will be a residential condo. Does anyone know how tall it will be? How many units it will have? If anyone has any info that would be appreciated. If not, does anyone know how I can find out this info?
309 5th will be 34 stories and 452 feet high, about the same size as 325 5th. There is also an existing thread:
Landmarks approval for conversion at 441 Greenwich Street 15-MAY-07
The Landmarks Preservation Commission this afternoon approved an application for a certificate of appropriateness to convert the handsome, 7-story, red-brick commercial structure at 441-453 Greenwich Street in TriBeCa into 42 residential condominium apartments and 80 to 100 hotel rooms.
The plan would convert the western side of the building, which was built in 1884, into a hotel with a narrow entrance on Vestry Street adjacent to a gated, through-block driveway that the developer said would only be used occasionally for "celebrity drop-offs" to the hotel.
The plan would also convert the eastern two-thirds of the building, which was built in 1883, into residential condominiums that would surround three sides of a large courtyard.
The developer is Shahab Karmely, who acquired the property last year for about $115 million. Mr. Karmely told the commission that the project was "a diamond in the rough," adding that he intends to live there himself and that the hotel would be a "5-star boutique hotel."
Costas Kondylis is the architect for the conversion.
The Romanesque Revival-style building was designed by Charles C. Haight and is notable for its many black window shutters, some of which are missing. At a prior hearing, several commissioners expressed disappointment that the plan did not plan to save all of the existing shutters and to restore those that were missing. They also had problems with the proposed canopies and preferred only one over the residential entrance on Greenwich Street.
A revised plan submitted today saves existing shutters and restores those that were missing.
Several commissioners had also previously objected to proposed Juliet balconies facing the courtyard were "a little gratuitous" and the revised plans did away with the balconies but did have glass railings in many window openings it proposed to extend downwards a bit. Much of today's discussion centered on whether shutters should be aligned only with the original window heights or the elongated ones and most commissioners indicated they were unhappy with elongating the windows.
When it appeared that Robert Tierney, the commission's chairman, was about to ask for a vote on whether to approve the project or ask for more revisions, Mr. Karmely, the project's developer said that he would do without the elongated windows and install only one canopy for the sake of moving the project ahead without further delay.
The commission then approved the project by a vote of 8 to 0, but the motion passed indicated it hoped that the developer would further investigate ways to lower the height of rooftop bulkheads.
The new design also did away with two of four elevator bulkheads that rose 22 feet above the roof and lowered the height of the remaining two to 19 feet.
The plan also calls for adding penthouses that would be setback about 14 feet on the roof.
The project is bounded by Collister Alley on the east and Greenwich, Vestry and Desbrosses Streets.
According to a recent article in the TriBeCa Trib by Carl Glassman, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program has used the building for its studio residency program for 17 years, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design has been sponsoring a studio program in the building since 1985. The article said that both programs hope to move to a building in DUMBO in Brooklyn.
The impressive building contains 217,549 square feet of space and has arched windows on all its floors except the top floor. One of its existing commercial tenants is the TriBeCa Film Festival.
Several of the commissioners commented on the building's large courtyard. Margery Perlmutter said there was "nothing like it in New York" and that it was "a wondrous experience" and Roberta Brandes Gratz said that the proposed "dropped sills fussies" the courtyard.
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Height’s O.K., but seminary opponents say glass is vanity
A rendering of the new 75-foot-tall building the General Theological
Seminary is proposing at Ninth Ave. between 20th and 21st Sts.
By Albert Amateau
Volume 76, Number 52 | May 23 -29, 2007
Chelsea residents who came to look at the General Theological Seminary’s revised plans for its new buildings on May 17 were predictably grateful that the proposed residential project and library on Ninth Ave. has been reduced to the 75-foot height allowed in the Chelsea Historic District.
But preservation-minded residents were displeased that glass would be a prominent feature of the facade of the residential building on Ninth Ave. They were also distressed that the Ninth Ave. entrance, now the front door of the seminary campus, would be replaced with an entrance that would only serve the residential project.
The revised project is to include a new library for the seminary — featuring a collection of historic volumes — on the north corner of Ninth Ave. wrapping around 21st St., and the residential entrance would be located between the condo and the library.
The revised project also calls for a five-story building on the site of a tennis court on the 20th St. side of the campus, for seminary administrative offices. The new main entrance to the campus would be at 20th St. and would form a glass-enclosed atrium between the new administrative building and a 19th-century building to the east. The plans call for uncovering part of the foundation wall of the old building, which would form one side of the atrium.
Hilda Regier, a longtime Chelsea resident, was anxious about uncovering any part of the foundation wall of the old building and found fault with an entrance that includes a glass-enclosed atrium.
“It is not contextual and doesn’t belong,” she said. Regier also suggested that the proposed flat roof of the 20th St. administrative building be changed to a pitched roof to be more in keeping with the 19th-century character of the campus. “Pitched roofs are easier to maintain,” she added.
The access to a proposed 35-car underground garage would also be on 20th St. near Ninth Ave.
“That’s an awful lot of activity on 20th St.,” said Frances Gaar, a resident of the block. “The whole character of the street will change with constant traffic going in and out of 20th St.,” Gaar said.
Leslie Doyel remarked that the garage entrance would be just across from the house she owns at 404 W. 20th St., the oldest house in the Chelsea Historic District.
The seminary engaged The Brodsky Organization as a development partner in 2005 to replace the four-story Sherrill Hall, badly deteriorated since it was built 40 years ago, with a mixed-use 17-story building that would include about 83 residential condos. The planned tower would have earned the seminary $15 million to be used to restore the historic old buildings in the square block between Ninth and 10th Aves. and 20th and 21st Sts. known as The Close.
Opposition by neighbors prompted a revised plan for a 15-story building, still about double the allowable height under current zoning, but the opposition persisted. The proposed development on the tennis court helped reduce the height of the Ninth Ave. building.
Steve Lefkowitz, land use attorney for the project, noted last week that the seminary reduced the height of the project to 75 feet — about seven stories — to conform with zoning to avoid the expense of further delay in the project.
But Maureen Burnley, seminary vice president for development, said at the May 17 meeting that the as-of-right project currently on the table, with about 57 condo units, would not fund all the restoration that the seminary requires to remain in Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the project, which as originally planned would have required an extensive City Planning Commission review, as well as Landmarks Preservation Commission approval, will now require only certification by the Landmarks Preservation Commission that it is appropriate for the Chelsea Historic District.
The Community Board 4 Landmarks Preservation Committee voted last week to condition any recommendation on further consideration of the project’s details, including the use of glass and the change in the entrance from Ninth Ave. to 20th St.
The full board, whose recommendations are strictly advisory but often influential on land use matters, could vote on the project at its June 6 meeting.
© 2007 Community Media, LLC
I'm new to this site. I examined ALL the rentals sites for a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment in a reasonable price in a good area with elevator, a/c, renovated , laundry room etc. and almost gave up as everything I liked was too expensive and what is in my price range ($2000-$2300) was in Harlem.
Does anyone knows of a vacancy or someone that wants to rent the apartment for a year with my details I gave you?
Thanks, and hope to hear from you......
Impressive. I think this is a little crazy though - avenue d is pretty far from the subway, even if you don't care about the housing projects.
1 Seventh Avenue South nearing completion 05-JUN-07
Construction of the new 6-story residential condominium building at 1 Seventh Avenue South is expected to be completed in September.
The building is at the intersection of the avenue with Carmine and Clarkson Streets where it has a sharply angled corner that is highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the 45 degree end of the building.
The facade of the building is faced with manganese ironspeck brick.
Rogers Marvel Architects has designed the building, which will have only 4 apartments.
REcap Partners is the developer.
Apartments have 10-foot ceilings, Juliet balconies with integrated planter systems and retractable stainless steel seats, built-in roller shade system for the windows, a video security system, maple floors, Poliform Varenna graffite laminate kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Miele ovens and dishwashers, and Bosch washers/dryers.
The building has bicycle storage and central heating and air-conditioning.
Bathrooms have TOTO Acquia dual flush toilets, white Thassos countertops, black slate and mantra White lotus tile by Walker Zanger, Axor Citterio fixtures, and recessed overhead ambient lighting.
The lobby has thin waffle grates, black slate and stainless steel walls.
New Chelsea condo will have curved facade 01-JUN-07
Sales will start soon for a 13-story residential condominium building at 133 West 22nd Street that will be notable for having a facade with convex and concave curves.
The curves will be to the east of the building's entrance where the facade is "straight."
Designed by Cetra-Rudy, the building will have 100 apartments and completion is anticipated for the fall of 2008.
It is being developed by the Ascend Group LLC, of which Rob Kaliner and Ben Shaoul are principles, and Magnum Real Estate Group LLC.
The building will have a 24-hour concierge and the lobby will have a curved art glass wall, stainless steel columns with rivet detail, and wenge wood walls.
Apartments will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows and ceiling heights of not less than 9 feet four inches. Kitchens are by ItalKitchen and will have black lava stone countertops.
Master baths will have Tau Corten tile walls, Blanco Dolomiti honed floors, Crestola honed stone countertops, free-standing porcelain bathub with ipe wood deck trim.
The building will have a garden with a pool and dining area and the roof terrace will have cabanas, a wet bar, a grille area and dining area seating.
The building will also have a garage and a fitness center. A rendering of the top of the building is shown at the right.
The property formerly was occupied by three vacant 4-story walk-up apartments buildings that were sold to the developers for about $29 million by Albert, Jason and Jody Laboz. The Laboz family is building SoHo Mews, a residential condominium development designed by Gwathmey Siegel at 311 West Broadway.
The Ascend Group is developing "A Building" at 425 East 13th Street, an 8-story condo project also designed by Cetra/Ruddy.
Does anyone knows what is going up on York Avenue and 86th street? Something is going up that is about 4 stories high already... I am sure it wont be too high since there is no crane.
June 8, 2007: