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Soho Properties Filing Plans for Condo at 45 Park Place
Soho Properties today is filing plans with the city to erect a condominium at 45 Park Place, next to the developer’s planned three-story museum devoted to Islam.
Designed by architect Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects, with Ismael Leyva Architects, the as-of-right glass and steel tower will rise 619 feet. Construction is slated to begin this year and the building will be completed in 2017, according to a press release from the developer.
“We are thrilled to contribute to the continued renaissance of Lower Manhattan and the new downtown skyline,” said Sharif El-Gamal, the chairman and CEO of Soho Properties, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to sharing our unique vision for an exquisite residential condominium property.”
Architect Jean Nouvel was tapped to design the neighboring museum “dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture,” The New York Times previously reported, and public space.
No other details were provided by a spokesperson for the condo.
Park51 officially opened its doors as a cultural and community center at 45-51 Park Place in September 2011, a year after controversy ensued following announcement of plans for a 15-story Muslim institution two blocks from the World Trade Center, which Islamic radicals attacked on September 11, 2001.
We are thrilled to contribute to the continued renaissance of Lower Manhattan and the new Downtown skyline,” El-Gamal said in a statement. The number of units in the tower wasn’t disclosed.
The developer previously sought to build a 15-story Islamic cultural center at the adjacent 51 Park Place site, which is located two blocks from the World Trade Center site. Critics of the Park51 project termed it the “Ground Zero mosque,” given its proximity to the site of the September 11 attacks. Soho Properties will now build a three-story museum dedicated to Islam at that site.
Slight title change may be necessary. Also, the floors are now known.
Permits Filed: 45 Park Place
The first permits are up for a new residential tower at 45 Park Place, which is located one block west of The Woolworth Building and 30 Park Place. The Commercial Observer first reported on the site’s potential earlier this month, when it was announced that Michel Abboud of SOMA would serve as the design architect; Ismael Leyva is the architect of record.
The DOB filings list the project’s height at 39 stories and 597 feet, and the building will only have 48 units; the project will clearly be very high-end. 45 Park Place will have 118,105 square feet in total, including 1,057 square feet of ground-floor retail; those numbers translate into an average of approximately 2,400 square feet per residence, which is particularly impressive for Lower Manhattan.
Given the data behind the project, it appears that 45 Park Place may become one of the most expensive residential buildings below 57th Street. The development will have a boutique appeal uncommon to large high-rise developments in Lower Manhattan, and besides generous floor-plans, ceiling heights will cater to super-luxe buyers. The immediate location is slightly removed from prime Tribeca real estate, but a stellar design could compensate for that shortcoming.
A first rendering has been revealed (h/t tipster) for the tower of condos that may rise next to the controversial museum "dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture" that developer Sharif El-Gamal wants to bring to 51 Park Place. In late April, news broke that Sharif tapped Pritzker prize winner Jean Nouvel to design the reimagined three-story building. Not much is known about the neighboring residential tower at 45 Park Place, other than building permits say that it will be designed by Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects along with Ismael Leyva Architects. The tower's plan exams were disapproved, but a tipster tells us that aspects of construction are moving forward. The tower is expected to be complete in 2017.