While the Upper West Side rarely sees new developments, a few blocks in the upper 70s and lower 80s have recently sprouted several modestly-sized but impeccably-designed towers. Now, another is in the works, as Alchemy Properties and Carlyle Group’s 18-story condominium project at 250 West 81st Street has risen above ground. The building will be yet another attractive, masonry-clad high-rise designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
The image below is from two weeks ago, when construction was still underway on the first level below ground. There, permits show storage for 32 bicycles, tenant storage, a laundry room, music room, children’s playroom, and a basketball court.
Now, the structure has reached its first floor above ground.
The site is right on Broadway, only two streets up from the 79th street subway station for the 1 train, and a ten-minute walk to the 81st Street subway station on Central Park West serviced by the B and C trains. Whether any of its future residents will ever take the subway seems up in the air, as pricing is undoubtedly going to be astronomical.
The 209-foot tall building will yield 31 condominiums with 83,600 square feet of residential space, averaging 2,700 square feet per residence. 11,500 square feet of commercial space will be spread between the cellar, first floor, and second floor. The project will also include a basketball court, as well as the other amenities that will be going into the cellar level, described above.
Completion is expected by 2019.