After a bit of a shaky start, it now looks like Harlem is about to make way for what will be the neighborhood's tallest building. New plans for the 24-story tower at East Park Avenue, designed by ODA Architecture, were filed recently and if completed, the building will soar above the area's current top tower, the 19-story Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.
Designed by ODA Architecture and developer Bruce Eichner, the 1800 Park Avenue tower will surely stand out not only for its towering height, but also for its bold, reflective facade, perhaps contrasting a bit too much with the brick-clad buildings that make up most of the adjacent buildings.
Indeed, the project has already hit a few bumps in the road, with the East Harlem Community Board placing various demands on the developer such as adding more retail space in exchange for less parking. As the design stands now, retail space will be expanded to cover over 63,000 square-feet of the building’s ground floor and second-story.
Additionally, the Community Board was concerned with not only the assigned use of space, but also the amount of affordable housing that the project would provide. After some debate over the original plan to include 120 affordable units, Eichner’s Continuum Company has only guaranteed 70 affordable apartments in the entire building, which will have 670 residences in total. Upon completion, additional amenities will include an indoor/outdoor lounge, library, game room and fitness center.
Via NY Curbed
Images via ODA Architecture