Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here comes a 15-story retail-residential complex for East 14th Street and Avenue C

[EVG file photo]

The large development that everyone has been waiting for (or not) is finally coming to the southeast corner of East 14th Street and Avenue C... where the R&S Strauss auto parts store here closed in the spring of 2009.

Last June, Billy Gray reported at the Commercial Observer that Avison Young was exclusively marketing 644 E. 14th St. "And a near-absence of height restrictions has brokers dangling the possibility of a tower on a site with 65,689 square feet of development rights."

As New York Yimby pointed out yesterday, the developers have filed permits for the space ... and none other than Karl Fischer is the architect of record. To NYY for some project details:

Permits indicate that 644 East 14th Street will total 61,789 square feet, including 8,578 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The remainder of the first five stories will host a ‘community facility,’ which will span 18,937 square feet, and apartments will sit above; the structure will stand 15 stories tall, with 34,274 square feet of residential space divided between 50 units. At only 120 feet to its roof, ceilings heights will apparently be crypt-like.

No word just yet if there will be an extra charge for units with Con Ed plant views.

So, doing a little math ... there will be 150 residential units one block to the west with the additions of the two 7-floor buildings at No. 500 and N0. 524.

In total that is 200 new residences from Avenue A east to Avenue C. Perhaps it's time for another L stop ... or at least a grocery store?

Previously on EV Grieve:
Development back in play for East 14th Street and Avenue C

More details on the sale of 644 E. 14th St.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

And zero trains!

Anonymous said...

Yep, zero trains and even MORE crowding for the buses...FUN!

Gojira said...

How can they build 15 stories high? I thought the new zoning capped heights! This is such a nightmare...

Anonymous said...

Yea, they're going to have to make it tall because the first two floors will be under water next time a superstorm comes around.

Scuba Diva said...

Hope there are plans for an Avenue C subway in the works.

Goggla said...

Perfect for those who enjoy the occasional massive flooding.

Anonymous said...

Great. Bring on a new building and better retail stores. Just about anything is going to look better than this junky building.

Anonymous said...

No mention of the flood risk at this location?

Crazy Eddie said...

Ohmmmmmm Sandy? I know the average attention span is gnat like these days but come on.

Anonymous said...

nice to see they keeping the ground floor commercial, maybe it will bring alittle life to that corner...but to live there, no thanks, that's just to close to that plant for me.


ps..on a sarcasm note, since con-ed commandeered 15th street in the war against terrorism and put up all those barricades to stop suicide car bombers, wont they try to stop this building to prevent a terrorist from moving in to spy on the plant or shoot rpg's at it from a great vantage point???

Anonymous said...

The Christodora building is approximately this high and there are the high rises along the last few blocks of Ave C, I don't see what difference this building will make to that immediate area.

~evilsugar25 said...

And free life boats for when Ave C floods!

4:58 pm said...

Trains? You don't need trains. And buses? Why ride them?
There are the almighty, glorious, wonderful, celebrated, god's-gift, extraordinary, special, outstanding, marvelous, fabulous, spectacular Citi Bikes for the affluent white riches, which are the ones moving-in in that building. Awesome! Grand! Have a ball!

Jill said...

This property is ground zero for the millions of tons of small particulates that the con ed plant coughs out every year. Small particulates are unregulated pollution and this plant's pollution output increased enormously when they increased its capacity to supply energy to the entire east side of manhattan after they closed the midtown plant, around 2003. What did the community get for this increased pollution? Go to the link below and see what has been funded by the settlement. Very little to do with reducing air pollution.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/16/nyregion/con-ed-agrees-to-pay-for-cleaner-air-near-power-plant.html

http://www.nyc.gov/html/mancb3/downloads/conedison/Con%20Edison%20Settlement%20Fund%20%20Spending%20Summary%20March%2015%202014.pdf

Anonymous said...

Shhhh, don't tell the potential residents of this building about those ConEd pollutants.

Anonymous said...

Cristadora and other old tall buildings may be grandfathered in.