New permits have been filed for 160 Madison Avenue, which is already under construction; the documents reveal a minor height increase for the project, which has been upped from 379 to 452 feet. The architect of record is SLCE, and the developer is JD Carlisle. An insider tipped YIMBY that the development’s planned insides have also changed, and it will have rentals rather than condominiums.
The alterations to the tower’s plans are relatively minor, and the height increase means the building will eventually stand 41 stories tall — or 42, including the rooftop bulkhead. Construction has proceeded very rapidly over the past several months, and as of November’s update, the crane had only just been installed. Now, 160 Madison stands approximately one-third of its final height.
Unfortunately, the project’s impact on the neighborhood street-scape is already apparent; the podium offends the urban sensibilities of Madison Avenue, which has one of the best street-walls in Manhattan. The tower withdraws from the base after the first floor, and while the ‘tower-in-a-park’ motif would be acceptable in a far-flung location, it is extremely out of character for Midtown.
160 Madison Avenue will have a total of 319 units, and completion is expected in 2015.
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