DOB Approves Permits for Synagogue-Condo Development on the Upper West Side

Former synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.Former synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

Developers Landsea Homes and Leyton Properties will soon begin construction on a contentious synagogue-condominium development on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Designed by Eran Chen of ODA New York, the 14-story project will be located at 212 West 93rd Street. When complete the structure will contain a new worship space for the Shaare Zedek congregation at the building’s lower levels with high-end condos positioned above.

In 2018, the developers purchased and leveled the former Shaare Zedek synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street to make way for the new development. The formidable Neoclassical structure was originally completed in the early 20’s by Sommerfeld and Steckler Architects who designed the façade with dramatic, multi-story arches, stained glass, ornate street-facing columns, and etched capitals. Despite efforts by local preservationists to save the building, Michael Firestone, President of the Shaare Zedek synagogue, said the home of the congregation would cease to exist without partnering with a developer.

That partnership eventually amounted to a sum of $34.3 million dollars, what Leyton Properties reportedly paid the synagogue to redevelop the cultural center.

The new development will eventually comprise just over 65,000 square feet. The synagogue will occupy the first three floors of the building and span approximately 9,000 square feet. Above the third floor, residential area will span 39,543 square feet and include 20 condominiums. The most premium units will offer private outdoor spaces.

To date, the project team has not confirmed residential amenities or an estimated date of completion. New renderings of the property are also not yet available from ODA.

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8 Comments on "DOB Approves Permits for Synagogue-Condo Development on the Upper West Side"

  1. Chilled: Meet the project needs and piece of land on which the 14-story is shown, I know you report for the development not the government. Keep it showing well on its details telling, firmly planned what it should be. List of rendering seeming disappear on your way of words, but you make it clear as long as possible. You tell me to go somewhere; where it is the building has been lived. Skilled and understanding without photos or renderings can full of us for exciting throughout. (Thanks to YIMBY)

  2. This synagogue was so beautiful.

  3. You caused the beautiful home that your grandparents built be destroyed, to be replaced by some modernistic junk. Disgrace. An abomination in the eyes of HaShem.

  4. Jack Liberman | June 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Reply

    It’s Evil to destroy this building and replaced it with like Gene Kaufman looks synagogue+condo project. Unless they simple rebuilt exact replica with modern materials and built Renaissance like condo tower on the top. It’s Upper West Side, Gene Kaufman crap shouldn’t be allowed be there.

  5. Jack Liberman | June 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm | Reply

    They should save at least facade.

  6. @Clifford: Nonsense. Jewish sacred time and space is where the community is. Save for The Temple of memory itself, the religion (and I personally doubt that G-d) doesn’t much preoccupy itself with buildings at all. The odious repair needs and costs of an aging building, no matter its beauty or which of their ancestors built it, should not be a suicide pact for a congregation. These plans, among others, will allow it to continue to persist and thrive in space for generations to come. Do I wish the congregation had the resources to gut and redo the old building? Sure. But it’s the perpetuation of community that matters, not brick and mortar…

  7. What is going in here

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