Architects SLCE have released designs for a building set to replace three pre-war townhouses on 96th street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The drawings, obtained by New York Yimby, show a building that will be about 22 floors, if you count the mega-penthouse on top.
As with other new Upper West Side developments, the apartments are likely to be enormous, with each one occupying a full floor, along with a duplex penthouse. There will be 16 condos, with an average size of about 3,000 square feet. The developer Sackman Enterprises is also planning to build some sort of “community facility” on the first five floors, although it’s not clear what that might be. Yimby indicates that the facility is there mostly to boost the overall height of the building so that the apartments will get better views
“A community facility will occupy the first five floors of the future 15 West 96th Street, with the residential portion rising after another amenity floor and a setback. (The undefined community facility space, which the zoning code allows as a bonus on top of the base residential floor area ratio, appears to be largely intended to boost the height of the apartments and improve their views.) Except for the duplex penthouse, each residence will take up an entire floor.”
The development would be on the North side of 96th, which is not protected by historic designation (the South side of the block is). Councilman Mark Levine has said he’d like to preserve the rowhouses that are on the spot, one of which was built in 1900, but he saw few options to stop the development, which is allowed “as of right.” Landmarks West has not responded to several requests for comment.
We first wrote about this development here.