As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
Extell is wrapping up work on its part affordable housing, part-luxe condo project at 70 Charlton Street, in the area west of Soho called Hudson Square. Tectonic recently swung by the site between Varick and Hudson Streets and captured the latest progress.
Last week, YIMBY brought you a construction update on developer Extell’s new Upper East Side condominium project, The Kent. Today, we have a look inside the building, which is still more than a year away from completion.
S.W. Management has acquired, for $61.5 million, the 15-story, 121-unit residential building at 134 West 58th Street, in Midtown, Commercial Observer reported. The developer purchased the property from Extell Development, who previously filed applications at the site for a new 18-story, 41-unit residential building, as YIMBY reported late last year. It’s not known if the new owner will follow through with those plans. Building permits were granted in April to develop a 60,324-square-foot project. The residential units would have averaged 1,283 square feet apiece and amenities would have included storage for 21 bikes, private residential storage, a ‘recreation room” on the ground floor, and a rooftop recreational area. Issac & Stern Architects was the architect of record. Demolition permits haven’t been filed for the existing apartment building.
There are only a few locations outside of Midtown and the Financial District that support supertall (or near supertall) development. The newest such location is the far Lower East Side, where Extell’s 252 South Street, also known as One Manhattan Square, is now rising. While several renderings of the project have been revealed, YIMBY now has a full video of the soon-to-be skyscraper and its impact on the Manhattan skyline, posted on the YIMBY Forums and also on Curbed.