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NYguy Nov 14, 2014 1:15 AM

NEW YORK | 309 11th Ave | 701 FT / 507 FT | 62 + 32 FLOORS

Major New York City developer wants to build giant rental tower near Hudson Yards
Jeff Levine's Douglaston Development has inked a contract to lease a whole blockfront in the West 30s

November 13, 2014


The Hudson Yards area may be getting yet another high-rise tower, depending on whether the city plays ball.

Major New York City developer Jeffrey Levine has inked a contract to lease a massive site on 29th St. and 11th Ave. from a family that's owned it for more than a century, the Daily News has learned. But his ability to build on the site rests on whether the city will grant an upzoning, permitting him to build taller than current zoning law allows.

Levine, who already owns a 34-story rental tower across the street at 312 11th Ave., wants to bring a new rental tower to the 62,000-square-foot L-shaped lot.

The development site, which comprises an old Mobil gas station, a gallery and several small brick buildings, runs the entire length of 11th Ave. between 29th and 30th Sts. and encompasses nearly 40 % of the entire city block. Under the terms of the deal, Levine's Douglaston Development would head up construction of the tower and lease the site for 99 years, while the family would retain ownership of the land beneath.

Levine's deal for the site is contingent on the upzoning and how much he pays for the lease will ultimately rest on just how high the city allows him to build. The going rate for similar deals in the neighborhood is north of $300 per buildable square foot, experts said.

Levine declined to confirm the details of the deal, but a source close to the transaction said the mogul is "optimistic" about his chances of getting the zoning change.

Developers have been lining up to grab the site, which is in the up-and-coming Hudson Yards area on the west side.

The site is a skip and a jump from the Related Companies' Hudson Yards megaproject, a $20 billion residential and commercial development comprising 16 skyscrapers at the site of the West Side rail yard in the West 30s.

Douglaston is the development company behind the Edge condominiums in Williamsburg and the Zinc Building in Tribeca.

Perklol Nov 14, 2014 1:26 AM

Not a good idea right in flood zone 1. Exciting but at risk in the foreseeable future.

NYguy Nov 14, 2014 1:23 PM


Originally Posted by Perklol (Post 6806829)
Not a good idea right in flood zone 1. Exciting but at risk in the foreseeable future.

Yeah, that entire Hudson Yards district, and the apartments rising in the area, not a good idea...:rolleyes:

aquablue Nov 14, 2014 5:42 PM

Well, if flooding is a risk, they need to do something about it soon. A barrier is needed for the future as you can't just allow that real estate to lie dormant in Manhattan.

Perklol Nov 15, 2014 12:52 AM


Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 6807609)
Well, if flooding is a risk, they need to do something about it soon. A barrier is needed for the future as you can't just allow that real estate to lie dormant in Manhattan.

Agree but funding is an issue and real estate developers think it will happen overnight. :rolleyes:

and people are too busy with Kim Karshina or brittney spears :runaway:

chris08876 Nov 15, 2014 1:29 AM


Originally Posted by Perklol (Post 6808313)

and people are too busy with Kim Karshina or brittney spears :runaway:

Ah, the average American. :haha:

In terms of flooding, most likely they will figure out a solution once it occurs more. For some reason, people don't learn from the past. That flood barrier will start to make more sense for example once another big storm hits. And it will... just a matter of when. But I wouldn't worry. This area will be fine. This is Manhattan where talking about. While most of the city in a big storm will lose power, this island will be light because the city cares about it more. Its the truth. The wealthy areas will be okay, but for non-wealthy, better get a candle.

NYguy Nov 15, 2014 1:43 AM

As New York is a city completely surrounded by and in water, the building code reflects that.

If you want to read up on that, it's found here...

An ongoing discussion on future flooding issues can be found here...

For any specific information regarding the proposed tower on this site, obviously post here.

Crawford Nov 15, 2014 9:16 AM


Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 6807609)
Well, if flooding is a risk, they need to do something about it soon. A barrier is needed for the future as you can't just allow that real estate to lie dormant in Manhattan.

Flooding is not really an issue in newer buildings. The city already requires generators and vital mechanicals above the 1000 year floodplain.

When Sandy occurred, newer buildings were mostly unaffected. Old buildings were hard-hit.

Crawford Nov 15, 2014 9:18 AM


Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 6806818)

And That Daily News article sounds promising.

"Giant tower". Perhaps yet another supertall for Hudson Yards?

NYguy Nov 17, 2014 9:08 PM

Jeffery Levine Plans Another Luxury Tower At Hudson Yards

By Noam Meir
November 17, 2014


New York City developer Jeffrey Levine’s Douglaston Development is planning on adding another skyscraper to Manhattan’s Hudson Yards development. Douglaston has contracted to lease a lot next to Hudson Yards for a new rental apartment tower.

The site, a 62,000 square foot L-shaped lot, is located along the length of 11th Ave between 29th and 30th streets. According to the New York Daily News Levine’s Douglaston Development would head up construction of the tower and lease the site for 99 years.

But there is a hitch in Mr. Levine’s plans. He would need to get the approval of New York City to build higher than current zoning laws allow.

Meanwhile, Levine has taken a firm position on whether New York is facing a housing bubble. He told Crain’s that the group of people who can afford to buy in the types of buildings that are being constructed in that city is just a small fraction of the city’s total residential population. He feels that fewer than 200,000 people make enough money to justify spending $3 million on a condo.

“I’m somewhat concerned, even with the meager 10,000 units [being produced annually], that supply and demand will start to level out, and you will see a flattening, not a falling, of condo prices,” he said.

That being the case one wonders why he is so interested in building yet another luxury tower in Manhattan and one so close to another such building that he already owns at that. Levine owns a 34story rental tower across the street from his new proposed project at 312 11th Ave.

NYguy Nov 25, 2014 12:37 PM

However large a residential development this is, it will fit in with the rapidly developing area...

November 24, 2014

Perklol Nov 26, 2014 5:47 PM

A fine addition to the HY area. It will add vibrancy to a new neighborhood and the popular High Line Park will surely attract residents to this area.

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Nov 26, 2014 6:52 PM


Originally Posted by Perklol (Post 6821934)
Of course. It fits in well with 15 ft surge from Hurricane Sandy :cheers:

Didnt NYguy tell you to stop?

chris08876 Apr 17, 2017 10:13 PM

Douglaston Development looks to build 1.1M sf project near Hudson Yards :cheers:


Douglaston Development is looking to buy more than 150,000 square feet of air rights from the Hudson River Park Trust for a planned 1.1 million-square-foot, mixed-use development south of Hudson Yards.

Jeffrey Levine’s development company is looking to rezone properties it owns on the block west of 11th Avenue between West 29th and 30th streets, Politico reported. At the same time, the firm wants to purchase to sets of development rights from Hudson River Park totaling just a little more than 150,000 square feet.

Douglaston wants to build a pair of towers with up to 1,230 new apartments, 20 percent of which would be set aside as affordable housing under the city’s mandatory inclusionary housing program. One would be a 62-story building with 990 units and 15,000 square feet of retail at 601 West 29th Street, while the other would be planned as a 32-story mixed-use building with 206 units at 606 West 30th Street. :cheers:

Chelsea City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who will play a key role in either approving or denying the project, said he’s keeping an open mind.
“It’s a complicated project. It’s the site that the Gateway tunnel runs immediately under when it comes into Manhattan,” he said. “I’m not opposed to it, but like any of these projects that are complicated, the details really matter. So there’s still a lot of work to do, but I’m not opposed to the housing on the site and I think it’s a good opportunity to get affordable housing and to get money for the Hudson River Park.”

Funds from the sale of the air rights could go toward building a pair of esplanades in the park. The City Planning Commission scheduled a hearing on the air rights sale for May 17.

chris08876 Apr 17, 2017 10:21 PM

Based on new info:

NEW YORK | 309 11th Ave | FT | FLOORS

Change to:

NEW YORK | 309 11th Ave | FT | 62 + 32 FLOORS

1.1 mil sq ft will yield something big. And... 1230 units. :D

NYguy Apr 17, 2017 11:23 PM

Cool. I'll be out of town until next week, but good to see the good news still coming.

NYguy Apr 28, 2017 12:41 AM

From the Draft Scope...

chris08876 Jun 13, 2017 10:50 PM

NEW YORK | Block 675 Redevelopment | 700 + 508 FT | FLOORS
First Look At Block 675 Redevelopment In Hudson Yards, 601 West 29th Street And 606 West 30th Street


Hudson Yards is making major progress, with Related’s core redevelopment over the Eastern Yards now racing towards completion. While progress on the Western Yards is still a few years away, another large site on the southern side of West 30th Street is set for an impressive transformation from under-used retail and industrial buildings into a two-towered residential and commercial project that will top-out 700 feet above street level.


The plans come from preliminary scoping documents filed with the city, which indicate that the two towers would have a combined 1,196 residential units, and nearly 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The larger tower would front onto Eleventh Avenue, taking up the entirety of the block front between 29th and 30th Streets, while the smaller building would face onto 30th Street.

FXFowle is designing the larger tower comprising Site A, and Ismael Leyva Architects submitted plans for Site B. The developers behind the plans are currently behind two LLCs, entitled “DD West 29th Street LLC” and “West 30th Street LLC,” though YIMBY has learned that Douglaston Development is behind Site A. The entirety of the redevelopment would add approximately 1.15 million square feet to the lots included in the scoping documents, and just under 250 parking spaces.


The air rights for the project will come from Chelsea Piers, under the Special Hudson River Park District. The Hudson River Park Act created the Park in 1998, and additional provisions signed by Governor Cuomo in 2013 allowed the Park to sell development rights to sites up to one block east of the Park, though transfers require City Approval pursuant to Zoning Resolutions.

The Special Hudson River Park District was then created in 2016. The first site to take advantage of the transfer of development rights from the Park is the massive building at 550 Washington Street, which is imminently going to be razed and transformed into a substantial mixed-use development, thanks to the abundance of FAR offered by Pier 40.

As for the latest applicants, a tentative completion date of 2021 is specified in the scoping documents, though various hearings and approvals are required before that will become feasible. In any case, the opportunity presented by the ribbons of red tape resulting in these newly-available air rights will greatly benefit the West Side, especially the stretch south of 30th Street, which remains forlorn despite the immense progress just to the northeast. The site is also relatively close to the new 7-Train stop at 34th Street and 11th Avenue.

ILNY Jun 14, 2017 4:48 AM

Submariner Jun 14, 2017 3:49 PM

Nice to see. It's too bad that this isn't a full block redevelopment, but nice none the less.

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