Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A few details on the 23-floor building replacing the soon-to-be demolished Bowlmor Lanes

[EVG photo from July]

News broke back in September that a 23-floor residential building will replace the former Bowlmor Lanes and other assorted business at 110 University Place between East 12th Street and East 13th Street.

According to DOB records, developer Billy Macklowe's new building will feature 107,965 square feet of residential space split between 52 apartments.

And now there's a few more details via the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), who provided an update in its newsletter yesterday.

GVSHP had repeatedly reached out to Macklowe to urge him to build a contextual development at this site. Several local elected officials also recently met with Macklowe, including City Councilmember Rosie Mendez and Assemblymember Deborah Glick.

And the result?

[U]nfortunately the news is not good. Mr. Macklowe intends to move ahead with his planned 300+ ft. tall development at this site, which will take the form of a short base with retail uses coming out to the streetwall, and a very tall, narrow, residential tower rising above it. At approximately 308 feet in height, this will be one of the tallest, if not the tallest, buildings in the Village. Apparently Mr. Macklowe has told elected officials that the building will be limestone rather than glass or steel.


This is extremely disappointing news, and sadly reflects the lack of landmark protections for much of the University Place corridor, and the current zoning, which allows towers of this size if a developer assembles a large enough site, as has been done in this case.

After 76 years in business at 110 University Place, Bowlmor Lanes closed for good this past July 7. The demolition permits were filed last Friday.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Building that houses Bowlmor Lanes will convert to condos, like everywhere else around here

76-year-old Bowlmor Lanes closes for good today

Bowlmor says goodbye

Bowlmor Lanes replacement: 23-floor residential building


Walter said...

University Place died when 'Bradleys' became 'The Reservoir'...
when Middle America took over Mickey Ruskin's One U...and on and on. Glad to have experienced the heyday of a once great city.

Giovanni said...

Since University Place (which used to be called Wooster St.) was re-named in honor of NYU which just got the green light to tear down and rebuild most of the area, shouldn't they just change the name to something that better reflects NYUs current agenda, like Bulldozer Boulevard or Wrecking Ball Way?

Gojira said...

Developers were handed the keys to the city under Giuliani and Bloomberg, and they have no intention of ever giving them back. That includes refusing to work with anyone to put limits or restrictions on the shit they want to build and the money to be made off it.

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