Design firm Snohetta has proposed a 39-story residential development of 775 feet-the equivalent of a 77-story midtown office tower on the Central Park block of West 66th Street. If built according to plan, the through-block site will feature a shorter construction on the 65th Street side which will replace the former Jewish Guild for the Blind and house the relocated Congregation Habonim.
This site is a combination of several different parcels:
- 36, 38 and 40 West 66th Street: former residences turned office buildings in 1962, these were previously used for set props and storage by ABC. In 1982, a feasibility study was done for a previously proposed 38-story residential tower designed by Arthur May under A. Eugene Kohn of KPF for the Reliance Development Company. (Demolished 2017)
- 44 West 66th Street: the former Congregation Habonim Synagogue, by Stanley Prowler and Frank Faillance (1956-57, demolished 2017).
- 15 West 65th Street: Jewish Guild Healthcare Building aka Lighthouse Guild aka Estelle R. Newman City Center, by Matthew J. Warshauer (1971, demolished 2018).
plus the air rights from 56 West 66th Street, the individually landmarked, former First Battery Armory, by Horgan & Slattery (1900-03).
When The Real Deal first reported a sale on August 28, 2014, LW! began studies of what could be feasible on that site. Once reports of the acquisition of the synagogue site were confirmed, the available Floor Area Ratio (FAR) significantly increased. It was surprising, then, that permits filed in late November 2015 featured only a relatively modest 25-story residential development of approximately 250 feet. The developer’s current proposal is now more than three times as tall with 14 additional floors. In all, it will reportedly house 127 apartments.
The site straddles two zoning districts: the south side of the block falls within the R-8 zoning district, while the northern portion of the site is C4-7 which has an R-10 equivalent. This site is completely within the Lincoln Square Special Purpose District. There are no contextual zoning height limitations, and this development is being filed as-of-right, which means there are no requirements for community board input.
Manhattan Community Board 7 has issued a resolution pertaining to this development along with the proposed tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Read the CB7 Resolution for Amending the Zoning Regulations to address oversight of tall buildings.
Read an additional statement on Central Dark
Read through our blog updates below for more history on this critical zoning matter.
As noted by many neighbors, it got a lot more difficult to park on the block recently. Due to construction staging on 66th Street, ABC's press parking was relocated to the 67th street side of their recently sold campus, joining their many curb cuts for loading docks...read more
This past Sunday, the New York Post's exclusive cover story, "City Hall finally discloses lobbyist meetings -- and the results are eye-opening" touches upon some of the 136 meetings that the Mayor's nearest and dearest held with lobbyists during a three month window...read more
"Aggressive developers are being given permission to radically alter the skyline and livability of our city, while citizens are denied the opportunity to participate in the process." In an Op-Ed in today's Crains NY Business, Chris Giordano, president of the 65th &...read more
Call it the ultimate first world problem...only it's about being surpassed by the third world...literally.* In a media landscape dominated by children stuck in a cave, attacks on the free press and growing monopolies, it is always nice to turn to the real estate...read more
Last night's town hall meeting saw the community pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio on some issues close to our hearts--the impending rise of the supertall CENTRAL dARK Tower. Below is the press release from our neighbors, which shows de Blasio administration members giving...read more
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