The building housing the former home of Lincoln Square Synagogue on 69th street and Amsterdam Avenue is on the market for $400 million. And the building that replaces it could become the tallest structure in the entire neighborhood. The news was tucked into a story on new developments in Crain’s.
“Lastly, the owner of a property on the Upper West Side at 200 Amsterdam Ave. has put it on the block with an asking price of more than $400 million. Zoning would allow for the tallest building in the neighborhood, a 388,000-square-foot, 600-foot residential tower. CBRE is marketing the property and notes that the tower enjoys protected views of Central Park.”
The last we had heard, the synagogue had traded the site at 200 Amsterdam with a developer so that it could build its new synagogue just down the block. But now it appears that developer is putting it back on the market to take advantage of a ripe market for land sales.
Already we are hearing considerable anxiety from neighbors, over the prospect of such a tall tower on such a tiny footprint, and the possibility of more overcrowding at the already-oversubscribed PS 199.
Batya Lewton of Coalition for a Livable West Side sent out an email about the development, warning neighbors about the possible 600-foot height (the email had incorrectly said 60 feet because of a typo). She says the building could potentially rise even higher than 600 feet.
“As-of-right means no special permits are needed. No public review. Coalition believes it could be even taller through various City zoning bonuses.”
Below is the synagogue’s current building.