Newly released renderings show the eight-story luxury addition that developers want to build on top of an existing six-story rental building at 711 West End Avenue at 95th street. Politicians are currently trying to stop the project by extending the West End Avenue historic district.
The renderings, which were posted on a website about the project at 711westend.com, appear to have been released by the building owners, one resident told us. But it’s not completely clear — the website is written as if a tenants group has created the site, and even includes a tenants’ rights section. That said, it offers a particularly sunny description of the building and appears designed to assuage any concerns that residents might have.
A poster about the site and an image of one of the renderings was posted in the lobby and elevators at the building (image below). The poster says the project “will result in significant improvements to our shared spaces and the quality of our lives.” The managing agent for the building, who works for Kaled Management, has not yet responded to our inquiries.
Update: one of the tenants in the building says he created the site after meeting with the developer. he asked not to be named. “I set up the site mainly to provide a portal for information and updates from the developer, and have no intention of being involved in any way beyond that.”
The site has lots of details about the proposed building.
- The project is being led by “noted New York landmark architectural firm PBDW Architects and Kaled Management, working with the developer P2B Ventures.”
- The site says the new building will be supported by “a separate structure of steel columns and beams placed around the exterior of 711 West End Avenue,” and not rest on top of the current building.
- There is no set starting date for the project but “The estimated time frame for the project, from start to completion, is approximately 18 to 24 months.”
- The site goes out of its way to say there will not be a “poor door,” but notes there will be a new entrance on West 95th street and separate elevators. There will also be separate amenities. It says “Most developers seek to create value for themselves by seeking to evict tenants and creating completely separate entrances, a luxurious one for the tenants of the new building and a so-called ‘poor door’ for the residents of the existing one. This will not be the case in the new 711 West End Avenue. The developers believe that the project’s ultimate success depends on integrating all tenants, new and veteran, into one vibrant community, and have chosen to invest considerable resources in creating shared spaces for all to enjoy. The building will have one primary entrance and shared improvements. While the new building will have its own separate and exclusive amenities, there are major improvements. These include:
– An elegant new entrance and new lobby replacing the existing one.
– A landscaped garden with water features and benches instead of the existing tar roof above the garage.
– A renovated garage, featuring a “porte-corchere” and a landscaped driveway.
– An additional doorman entrance on 95th Street, with all-new lighting and landscaping, which should increase the security and quality of life on 95th street.
– Renovated planters, and additional landscaping in front of the building.”
- The elevators will be separate, and it’s not entirely clear why there’s a new entrance at all, if the building is going to be designed for all tenants to use on entrance: “Again, in an effort to create a cohesive community, many public spaces will be accessible by tenants of the existing and the new building alike. All tenants will use the existing lobby entrance on West End Avenue, which will be thoroughly renovated, and a new garage connection to the lobby will be developed from the new entrance on West 95th Street. Tenants of the new building will have a dedicated elevator taking them directly to the upper floors, while tenants of 711 West End Avenue will have exclusive use of our current elevators, which will feature newly refurbished interiors.”
- It’s not clear whether this will affect the rent of current residents: “All of the capital improvements will be funded by the development joint venture. We have contacted Kaled Management and asked for clarification on the question of rent. We’ll provide updates as soon as they are available.”
- The developer has already apparently met with tenants: “The developer has taken the time to have two tenant meetings so far. In the coming months, we expect to be holding regular meetings with the developer to ask questions and receive updates.” It’s still not clear who ‘we’ is in this context.
Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s office tells us the Landmarks Preservation Commission has not yet responded to their efforts to hold a hearing on the historic district that would include this building.
We’ve posted more renderings and the poster from the lobby below. If you live in the building, let us know what happened at those meetings where the developer met with tenants.