[Image via Google circa Jan. 2013]
The long-dormant site on First Avenue adjacent to your favorite Rite Aid on East Fifth Street is back from the dead… After years of stops and starts and various renderings, plans are now in place for an 8-story development that will look something like…
New York Yimby got the first look at the plans yesterday. Per their report:
Permits indicate the development will span 34,055 square feet, with the bulk of the project dedicated to residential use. 8,456 square feet will be given to ground-floor retail, while the remaining 25,599 square feet will be divided between 27 units. 75 First Avenue will stand 80 feet in total.
NYY points out that the site's developer is Orange Management, and the project's designers are HTO Architects and NO Architecture, who provide this eye-rolly description on their website:
The facade responds to the contradictory fire codes for the building envelope. The east façade can freely open up, maximizing natural daylight. The glass on the north facade is a gradient of glazing apertures, each floor changing the percentage of opening from low to high corresponding to more sought-after views above and more stringent fire ratings below. The roof HVAC bulkheads are clad in a metal lattice framework for a vertical garden, adding desirable lushness and evaporative cooling to the roof deck.
Plans here have evolved through the years with various developers and architects. A rendering from 2007 showed a 14-floor development looking something like... (pre the the 2008 rezoning) ...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Developer: A shorter building in the works now for 75 First Avenue
High-rise for 75 First Avenue back in play