A year ago, the New York Post reported that Icon Realty had begun demolishing several tenements on Second Avenue between East 80th and 81st streets. Now, the developer has filed new building applications for a 30-story tower on the corner site, which will be known as 301 East 80th Street.
Six pre-war apartment buildings bit the dust to make way for the 438-foot-tall development, which will hold only 63 apartments, spread across 199,600 square feet of residential space. With an average unit of 3,168 square feet, condos seem very likely. An 8,945-square-foot retail space would fill the ground floor, followed by one to four units apiece on each of the upper floors.
A host of amenities would occupy the cellar floors, including a basketball court, yoga room, gym, children’s play room, game room, and lounge.
SLCE Architects applied for the permits.
Icon paid $44.8 million for the East 80th Street assemblage, plus an extra $3 million for air rights. The firm is also planning a 14-story, 12-unit building on the next block, at 1562 Second Avenue.
While the Second Avenue Subway may not open till 2017, this project will benefit when the new line opens. The first section of the train line will run from 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue to 96th Street and Second Avenue. Technically, it will be the Q train that runs on the line, routed from the 57th Street and 7th Avenue stop via a tunnel built underneath Central Park in the 1970s.