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 Now, we can report that the developer has withdrawn the plan for 361 Central Park West.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.
The stunningly tall towers rising along 57th Street are taking the Manhattan skyline to a whole new level. Despite their relatively small footprints, some projects are actually replacing true architectural gems. Between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2016, the LeFrak Organization and Vornado Realty leveled three pre-war buildings at 27-33 West 57th Street. Although the latest reports indicated a “seven star hotel,” final plans are still unknown. Given the site’s Billionaires’ Row location and proximity to Central Park, whatever gets built will most likely be very tall, and very expensive.
As we have reported, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the process of dealing with the backlog of 95 items that have been on its calendar since before 2010, some for decades. That process took a big step forward Tuesday, with 30 sites remaining on the calendar as priorities for designation vote by the end of 2016. Five sites were removed from the calendar for lack of merit.
Prime Rok Real Estate and Greystone Property Development have purchased the eight-story, 33,000-square-foot building at 164 West 74th Street, on the Upper West Side, for $28 million. According to Commercial Observer, the new owners are planning to convert the building, which is currently Phoenix House’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, into 14 to 18 condominium units. As currently proposed, the structure’s façade will be lightly restored, the rear will be partially demolished, and the interior will be gut-renovated. Barry Rice Architects is designing the conversion, but any alterations to the property will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as it’s located within the Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District.