It was in September of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you news of the 32-story, 48-unit mixed-use tower under development at 180 East 88th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, we showed you what the view would be like from one of the upper-floor residential units. Since March, foundation work has been underway at the site, but the New York City Buildings Department recently issued a stop-work-order for the project due to a zoning controversy that allegedly allowed the developers to build a taller tower than normal, the New York Times reported. The Buildings Department says a four-foot-wide lot was created on East 88th Street to avoid streetwall and setback requirements, which allowed for the creation of a taller building. As a result, the department revoked the previously approved building permits and is requiring that DDG Partners submit new plans. The condominium tower was expected to be the tallest building above 72nd Street, at 521 feet in height. HTO Architect was the architect of record, although DDG designs their projects in-house.
In July of 2015, YIMBY revealed renderings of the seven-story, 12-unit mixed-use building under development at 411 Ninth Avenue, located on the corner of West 33rd Street in Midtown West. Now, the project is under construction and currently four stories above street level, as seen in photos by our friend Tectonic. Dubbed Skylight House, the structure will encompass 21,246 square feet. It will feature 1,395 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by two residential units per floor beginning on the second. The units will be rental apartments and should average 920 square feet apiece. Amenities include storage space for 11 bikes and an outdoor terrace on the roof. Property owner James Papaionnou is the developer, while H. Thomas O’Hara’s Midtown-based HTO Architect is behind the design. Completion can probably be expected later this year or in early 2017.
Financial District-based Glory Capital has filed applications to convert the 27-story, 92-unit dormitory at 67 Livingston Street, in Brooklyn Heights, into an office building. The 45,143-square-foot, 22-foot-wide building will host office space on the ground through 25th floors. The conversion will include amenities, specifically a fitness center on the second floor and a sky lounge on the 26th floor. The property’s square-footage will remain unchanged. The 182-student dormitory is current being used by the Art Institute of New York City, and their lease expires later this year. H. Thomas O’Hara’s Midtown South-based HTO Architect is the architect of record.
Innovative design-build firm DDG picked up an art gallery in Chelsea for $24.25 million back in 2014, and now they’ve filed plans to build condos on the property near the High Line.
In October of 2015, YIMBY brought you renderings of the 10-story, 21-unit residential building under development at 325 West Broadway, in SoHo. Now, new photos from our friend Tectonic show that construction on the property is done. Dubbed XOCO 325, the 55,962-square-foot structure’s condominium units range from 1,055-square-foot one-bedrooms to 2,658-square-foot four-bedrooms. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a fitness center, private residential storage, bicycle storage, and a rooftop terrace. DDG is both the developer and design architect, although Thomas O’Hara’s HTO Architect is the architect of record. Occupancy has already begun. The property is located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District.