Demolition preparations have begun at 266 West 96th Street, the site of a 23-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Developed by Fetner Properties, the structure is planned to yield 171 apartments, with 91 regular-sized homes and 80 micro units marketed to seniors ranging from 290 to 340 square feet each. Sixty-eight apartments would be allocated toward permanent affordable housing, while all residents would be provided free amenity access that includes a health club. The site is located between Broadway and West End Avenue.
Recent photos show the state of the three low-rise structures slated for demolition. The tallest of the trio has some sidewalk scaffolding placed in front, while the top level has netting wrapped around parts of the ornamental stone cornice.
The main rendering depicts a uniform, symmetrical building massing is divided with a setback around the midway point. The exterior is clad in brick masonry walls, while the lower levels have frontage lined with large white stone blocks. One interesting thing we noticed is that this lower portion of the architecture is nearly identical to the four-story structure that current exists on the eastern end of the lot. It could be a mere coincidence, or perhaps the façade might be partially saved and integrated into the new superstructure.
Our last article indicated that plans for 266 West 96th Street were approved by the land use and housing committees of Community Board 7, garnering a 11-0 vote. One critical aspect of the development involves the risk of hazardous materials on the site that consequently led the property to be part of a brownfield cleanup program, which would be jointly run by the New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health. There is currently no word on when the three old buildings will come down, or when construction on the new tower will begin.
YIMBY will keep an eye out for any signs of demolition and the start of progress for 266 West 96th Street.