Renovation Planned for Six-Story, 200,000-Square-Foot Office Building at 159 East 53rd Street, Midtown East

159 East 53rd Street159 East 53rd Street. Rendering: Boston Properties, via Crain's.

Boston Properties is conducting a $150 million renovation on the six-story, 200,000-square-foot commercial building at 159 East 53rd Street, in Midtown East. The structure, known as the base component of the 59-story former Citigroup Center at 601 Lexington Avenue, will receive a redesigned façade with larger windows and a new private lobby and entrance. The ground-floor and below-grade retail spaces will also see renovations, as well as the installation of a food hall and dining area, Crain’s reported. A renovation to the public plaza beneath 601 Lexington is also in store. Since the complex was designated an individual landmark on Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations. The building is currently vacant.

159 East 53rd Street

Present-day 159 East 53rd Street. Image via Google Maps.

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4 Comments on "Renovation Planned for Six-Story, 200,000-Square-Foot Office Building at 159 East 53rd Street, Midtown East"

  1. Renovation not underway but planned for six-story, pass along any exterior into new faces so soon.

  2. So, the LPC designate the Whole former Citigroup Center complex, not just 59 story sloppy roof skyscraper and Subway entrance plaza, but even retail/office 6 building on 3rd Avenue.

  3. The Atrium is not currently vacant, but Boston has slowly been vacating stores in the Atrium in preparation for this

  4. Anyone have an idea who the GC or CM will be and/or when the bids will go out?

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