Not everything happening on or near Billionaires’ Row is supertall. Some of it is supersmall, relatively speaking. Two months ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and renovation of an individual landmark in the midst of the coming towers. That gives us the perfect opportunity to tell you a little bit about Engine Company No. 23.
In July of 2015, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich closed on the purchase of the five-story townhouse at 13 East 75th Street, on the Upper East Side, for $30 million, completing an assemblage which includes the multi-family building at 11 East 75th Street and the townhouse at 15 East 75th Street. So far, Abramovich has spent a total $78 million acquiring the three properties, and within the last few months, filed applications to combine them into an 18,225-square-foot mansion. The New York Post now reports the applications were, unsurprisingly, disapproved. Combining the buildings would be complex since the structures have uneven floor plates and the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve the project, as it’s located within the Upper East Side Historic District. Stephen Wang + Associates was serving as the architect of record.
In June of 2015, YIMBY reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission – after several contentious sessions – approved redevelopment plans for the 12-story, five-unit residential building at 807 Park Avenue, between East 74th and 75th streets, on the Upper East Side. The 18,972-square-foot project includes rebuilding the existing structure but keeping intact the remnant of the original building’s façade on floors two through five. The current building consists of a 12-story, three-unit rental property, although the site is now being placed on the market for north of $30 million by its owner, Aion Partners, the New York Post reports. The approved redevelopment plans, designed by PBDW Architects and Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, include a triplex unit across the ground through third floors, three duplex units across the next six floors, and a triplex unit on the 10th through 13th floors.
Yesterday, we reported on yet another delay in the over year-long process of the city deciding whether to allow a landmark former church on the Upper West Side to be converted to condominiums. Now, we can report that the developer has withdrawn the plan for 361 Central Park West. That plan initially called for 39 units, but was scaled down to 35. The structure was built in 1903 as the First Church of Christ, Scientist of New York City. It received designation as an individual landmark in 1974.
It was back in 2014 that Manhattan Community Board 7 started considering a plan to convert a landmark former Upper West Side church into condos. Now, it is February of 2016 and there is still no word on whether that conversion will go forward, its fate held in the hands of the Board of Standards and Appeals.