Zoning Update Elsewhere in Turtle
Work at 931 First Avenue, which was built in 1892 as an elementary
school and later became the U. N. School, then a "temporary"
women's shelter, is slated to begin after a lengthy delay while
financing was arranged. Stabilizing steel braces have been inserted
at the corner and ends of the old facade prior to razing the rest
of the venerable structure - a difficult, delicate operation. Within
and above the saved facade will rise a 19-story apartment tower
culminating some 205 feet above street level. It will be clad in
brick of colors matching the existing facade. The ground floor is
expected to have retail space.
The Macklowe Organization is assembling two Turtle Bay sites,
one at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and 53rd Street (one
building is already down), the other the full block east side of
First Avenue, 50th to 51st Streets. The zoning in both cases is
unambiguous: a 10.0 maximum floor to site area ratio (FAR); mandatory
tower-on-base; no plaza bonus; no air right shifted from the low-rise-zoned
properties to the east; primarily residential development. The probable
end result: a 25-28 story apartment structure with ground floor
retail space on each site.
Demolition is commencing on properties held by Saint Agnes Church
on the south side of 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.
Here zoning is dense commercial. If air rights over these properties
and the church itself have not been previously sold (a tall office
tower stands to the west), an extremely high (40-60 story) office
tower could rise here.
Given the strong economy, developers are casting covetous eyes
upon the low-rise building still lining Turtle Bay's First and Second
Avenues. Handy to the booming Midtown business district, they are
prime targets. TBA will remain watchful to see that all building,
be it new or renovation, is legal. Above all, we stand firm against
any commercial incursion into our residential streets and avenues.
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