While walking on University Place the other day, we had time to take in the nearly block-long base and first three levels of developer Billy Macklowe's 22-floor retail-residential complex here between 12th Street and 13th Street. (This is the former Bowlmor Lanes parcel.)
In case you haven't seen what's on its way up...
[Rendering via Selldorf.com]
Bloomberg had an update yesterday (H/T to the EVG commenter for the link) on what Macklowe is calling 21E12. For starters, about 65 percent of the condoplex's 52 units reportedly have buyers, including the sale of two duplexes to a single buyer listed for a combined $23.5 million.
And apparently this won't be a place for the foreign super-rich to buy under the guise of shell companies with anonymous assets.
Macklowe told Bloomberg that most of the buyers to date are native New Yorkers.
"It is a New York building, for New Yorkers, and the people buying are going to live here.”
So far, the lowest-priced deal here was for $2.43 million. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy at the end of 2018.
In November 2015, local elected officials, preservation groups and even actor Ed Norton rallied to have this area rezoned to put height limits on new construction along this corridor. Mayor de Blasio wasn't apparently too interested in the proposal.
Bowlmor Lanes closed in July 2014 after 76 years in business.
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
Major changes coming to University Place and East 13th Street
How about some more condos for University Place
Here's what's left of the block of University Place that once housed Bowlmor Lanes
Oh hi: The 22-floor Bowlmor Lanes-replacing luxury building