BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK ON SEPTEMBER 19TH 2014 AT 6:40 AM
The first permits are up for a development that will replace a parking garage at 100 University Place, in Greenwich Village, on the corner of East 12th Street; the structure formerly housed Bowlmor Lanes, but EV Grieve reported it closed earlier this year, in preparation for demolition.
Macklowe is developing the project, and SLCE is listed as the architect of record. The design architect could be different, as the location is very prime, and definitely starchitect-worthy; three other projects are currently under construction on the same block, at 12 East 13th Street, 17 East 12th Street, and on its western side, at 61 Fifth Avenue.
Each of the above projects is targeted towards ultra high-end buyers, with properties split between palatial apartments, averaging over 4,000 square feet each. Residences at 100 University Place will be slightly smaller than those inside its new neighbors, with 107,965 square feet of residential space split between 52 apartments, resulting in an average unit size of just over 2,000 square feet – still very large, especially for Manhattan standards.
The residences will be complemented by 13,075 square feet of commercial space, and a 1,050-square foot community facility, enlivening the streetscape below. University Place is an especially active pedestrian corridor, and ensuring it retains vibrancy is important as new developments continue rising in the vicinity.
100 University Place’s design has not been revealed, but the 23-story tower will stand 309 feet tall, making an impact on the relatively short neighborhood skyline. While no completion date has been announced, construction would appear imminent, given demolition’s progression on the existing structure.