The intersection of Fifth Avenue and 30th Street has substantial existing density, but the construction projects now underway on many of the surrounding blocks will soon result in one of the most dramatic height spurts any neighborhood has seen in the past few decades. The length of Fifth Avenue above Madison Square Park is increasingly prime real estate for supertalls, and while 15 East 30th Street falls slightly short of that typology’s 1,000′ minimum, it will still make a major impact on the skyline. Now, YIMBY has several new renderings of the tower, which is just getting under construction.
Handel Architects is designing the building, which will stand 756 feet and 51 floors to its rooftop. There will be 180 residential units in total, spanning 295,970 square feet, for an average size of 1,644 square feet, while the ground floor will also hold 7,500 square feet of retail space. J.D. Carlisle is developing alongside Fosun Group.
The tower will rise closer to Madison then Fifth Avenue, placing it relatively far east compared to the tall buildings rising in the surrounds. 281 Fifth Avenue will be rising on the northwest corner of the block to the southwest, while directly to the west, 8 West 30th Street is also is also set to rise. The trio will also be joined by the area’s first supertall, at 262 Fifth Avenue.
15 East 30th Street will be a definite improvement compared to the high-rises that already exist in the neighborhood, which are relatively few in number and rather forgettable in terms of design. Its glassy pinnacle will pierce the sky in a slightly more jagged fashion than 45 East 22nd Street eight blocks to the south, and as it rises alongside its nearby companions, the built scale of the immediate vicinity is going to change rather dramatically.
The block itself will improve markedly with the addition of both 281 Fifth Avenue and 15 East 30th Street, as the combo will yield updated new retail spaces. 15 East 30th Street will have three separate storefronts, and the latest renderings give a much better idea of what the base of the tower will look like.
Construction progress has currently reached the foundation stage, with excavation completed several weeks ago. Completion is currently anticipated for 2019.