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Old August 31st, 2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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NEW YORK | 685 1st Avenue | 140m | 459ft | 42 fl | U/C

Per Curbed today, Sheldon Solow has submitted an application for a 42-story mixed user on a piece of the former Con-Ed megadevelopment.

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Sheldon Solow may have sold off part of the giant First Avenue Mud Pit, but now, at long last, he's finally building on a site located right across the street. According to The Real Deal, the billionaire developer behind the most expensive offices filed plans with the city on Friday to construct a 42-story tower at 685 First Avenue.

The 700,000-square-foot mixed-use building will have 550-units, plus 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 56,000 square feet reserved for manufacturing.

The site, a parking lot, was once part of Solow's $4 billion redevelopment plan for the East River waterfront, which disintegrated in recent years. Since then, he's been selling off portions of his properties, including a huge section to JDS Development, who's in the process of building two wacky, curved rental towers on the lot.




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Con Ed demolition, 2006


Demolition of ConEdison's Waterside Generating Station, NYC by Sarah Chamberlain, on Flickr


Demolition of ConEdison's Waterside Generating Station, NYC by Sarah Chamberlain, on Flickr


Demolition of ConEdison's Waterside Generating Station, NYC by Sarah Chamberlain, on Flickr




Con Ed Waterside Plant


http://www.mas.org/category/east-sid...t-park/page/2/


Previously:

Empire Built by Developer Shows Signs of Distress



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CHARLES V. BAGLI MARCH 31, 2010

In 2008, Mr. Solow won approval for a $4 billion complex of seven towers on nine acres along First Avenue, but the only thing erected there has been a parking lot. Work has shut down on another Solow project, a residential building on York Avenue.

In the past 15 months, several executives at his company have quit or been fired. Mr. Solow, who is 81, is said to have medical problems, and his wife, Mia, and son Stefan have taken control of the business, at least temporarily.

All of this has real estate, art and political circles wondering: What has become of the House of Solow?

“There’s a bit of a mystery surrounding the Solow empire right now,” said Edward Rubin, an architect and a member of Community Board 6 on the East Side.

Mr. Solow did not respond to a request for an interview made through his office, nor did Jay B. Fischoff, the consultant recently brought in by the family to manage their residential and commercial buildings.

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Old August 31st, 2015, 10:48 PM   #2
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it begins... this is prime real estate. Hopefully it won't be wasted.
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Old August 31st, 2015, 11:42 PM   #3
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Agreed, whatever rises here will be highly visible and valuable, so hopefully we get a design to match.

Anyone want to venture a guess at how tall this might be? 550 units seems like an awful lot for 42 floors, so I have to think this won't be ultra-luxury (and therefore I'm guessing we're looking at low-ish ceilings.) But then that 56,000 sq feet of manufacturing may mean a few high floors at the base.

I'm guessing we'll see something in the 650-700 foot range.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 12:05 AM   #4
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Old September 1st, 2015, 12:22 AM   #5
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http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post427174

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Old September 1st, 2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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Yes. Solow likes Black glass usually, but Meier likes clear.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 11:39 AM   #7
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Fifth Avenue man! Gonna cost a fortune!
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 02:05 PM   #8
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Old September 10th, 2015, 03:12 AM   #9
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Non, no! Not next to the UN building!! The UN commanded that area and is/ was iconic. Now these resi's will totally overshadow it.
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Oh no! It looks so dull.
Because of it's massing I must think of the Renaissance Center in Detroit.
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Those towers are the ones getting built? Because if they are, they are unbelievable.
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Way too massive for the waterfront!
...I hate when developers release blurry renderings!(seems like they have something to hide!)
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the nearby view (for now)


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't these the renders for the original, now-defunct Con Ed redevelopment? Isn't that main cluster of towers is where 616 First Ave (the bronze, tilted SHoP towers) are?

I think we should expect something else entirely here.
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Old September 11th, 2015, 08:19 PM   #18
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616 1st is the two glass boxes on the right. The main development is the lot which I just posted someone's photo of. 685 1st is a tower in the back of the main cluster. Of course, this rendering is dated and I doubt even the defunct coned development would have looked like this.
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Thanks for clarifying!
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Old September 11th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #20
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I'd rather this whole site get designed by a local NYC architect like Pennoyer or Stern, in the mold of Tudor City.
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