Excavation Begins: 610 Lexington Avenue

610 Lexington Avenue610 Lexington Avenue -- image by Andrew McKeon

Excavation has finally begun at 610 Lexington Avenue, which was stalled by the 2008 recession; permits for construction were approved on December 30th of last year, and indicate the tower will stand 711 feet tall. The architect of record is SLCE, and per Curbed, RFR Realty is developing the  site.

YIMBY had speculated that 610 Lexington Avenue could be in for a size increase — given the proposed conditions surrounding the Midtown East re-zoning — but it appears that the tower will move forward with plans that were re-conceived last year. The building will have a mix of residential and commercial space, and while Shangri-La was involved with the tower’s initial conception, it appears the hotel component has been shelved.

Of the skyscraper’s 273,598 square feet, the bulk will be dedicated to residences, while only 23,267 square feet will be for commercial use. It will have 91 units in total.

610 Lexington Avenue

610 Lexington Avenue — earth-moving has begun.

The Schedule A confines the commercial component to the tower’s base; a restaurant will sit on the second floor, as well as a separate dining and ‘wine testing’ establishment, while the third story will have offices. Residences will span the remainder, with a maximum count of two per floor — indicating ambitions for ‘super-luxury’ status. Levels 47 through 59 will feature full-floor units.

Per on-site signage, completion of 610 Lexington Avenue is expected in the winter of 2017.

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