Has the Upper West Side fallen for an eight-acre bait and switch?
At least one and possibly all five towers at the massive Riverside Center development will not be the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. The French designer helped Extell Development and the Carlyle Group sell their swank plans‘ to the community and the City Planning Commission. The latter was so taken with the crystalline designs of Mr. de Portzamparc, who also designed the LVMH headquarters and Extell’s One57 tower, that restrictive zoning covenants were set to ensure the buildings would look as promised.
But now, Extell and Carlyle have turned over one of their tower sites to the Dermot Company, which has hired local firm SLCE to design the apartment building on the West End Avenue section of the site. While Dermot insists its project will be up to the standards promised during last year’s public review process, some, including the exacting City Planning chair Amanda Burden, worry the design doppelgangers will lead to lesser work.
We already know that the DMZ between the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen (call it Lower West End Avenue?) is a happening spot, with the Walentases, the Dursts, the Elghanyans, basically everybody building a slick new project over there. The biggest, of course, is Riverside Center, Gary Barnett’s massive reimagining of the final plots of the Riverside South complex.
Earlier this week, Extell returned to the local community board with plans for affordable housing in the project, according to DNAinfo, and therein he revealed the latest detailed designs for the Christian de Portzamparc-created project.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer yesterday delivered his official thoughts on the planned Riverside Center housing development on the Upper West Side, recommending against the proposed 2,500-apartment project (with conditions).
The development is the last piece of Riverside South, the giant string of apartment towers along the West Side Highway that were started by Donald Read More
Step one of Riverside Center’s public review is complete.
After four hours of debate in a special meeting devoted entirely to Extell’s 8-acre project, Community Board 7 on Thursday night finalized its own recommendation for the final frontier of the Upper West Side.
More technically, the board voted 36 to 2 Read More
After decades, the final chapter of the Trump City development saga is now taking shape with the first rounds of debate under way at the most local level of public review.
Tuesday night’s Community Board 7 meeting featured a lengthy session on the final parcel of the massive Riverside South development—an assortment of apartment Read More
The massive 8-acre Riverside South development on the Upper West Side has its first official Community Board public hearing tonight, where, if past criticism is any precedent, the level of below-market rate housing is sure to be an issue.
Elected officials and others in the community have called on the developer, Extell Development, to raise Read More
Extell Development presented on Thursday night its plan for the massive, mixed-use development Riverside Center on the Upper West Side, opening what will likely be a contentious seven-month public review process.
Gary Barnett, CEO of Extell, said that financing had not been secured for the 3 million-square-foot proposal, which would span 59th Street to Read More
The fight over Trump City is about to have a reprise.
Extell Development’s planned 2,500-apartment development on the westernmost portion of the Upper West Side is slated to start the city’s seven-month rezoning process Monday. This sets into motion debate over the future of the last parcel of the larger Riverside South development, Read More