BY: STEPHEN SMITH ON SEPTEMBER 25TH 2014 AT 2:15 PM
505 West 43rd Street, open railroad cut in center, image from Bing Maps
Eran Chen and ODA Architecture have been quite busy lately, with designs sprouting all over Manhattan and Brooklyn (with the occasional foray into Long Island City for good measure). Now comes an application for yet another building, this time in Hell’s Kitchen, to be built on a deck over the railroad tracks that Amtrak uses to reach Penn Station from points north of the city.
ODA filed for a new building permit on behalf of developer El Ad Group, submitting plans for a fairly short 13-story building at 505 West 43rd Street, a block-through site just west of 10th Avenue, from West 43rd to West 44th. Measuring 134,000 square feet, the project’s short size is explained by the area’s height limits, though oddly, El Ad recently presented plans to the Department of City Planning that called for a 16-story building.
The building will contain 120,000 square feet of net residential space and 81 condos, for an average unit size of just under 1,500 square feet. Unusually for a condo building, it will include some units to be sold at below-market rates as affordable housing.
While we have yet to see a drawing, ODA produces consistently attractive designs. The building will no doubt be an enormous step up from the hotels that were almost built on the site, as the McSam Group and another hotelier owned the lot before it was sold to El Ad for $43 million earlier this year.