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Renderings: ODA Architecture

Blue is getting  a little brother.  Here are the first renderings of the hyper-modern condo building soon to rise above 100 Norfolk Street, right across the street from the Lower East Side’s most controversial glass tower.

ODA Architecture is building the 12-story, 38 unit residential complex, which will loom over Delancey Street.  The low-rise building currently on the development site was formerly a refrigeration facility for the famed Jewish deli, Ratner’s, which closed in 2002. JMH Acquisition bought the property last year, Crain’s reported, for $8.8 million. 

The new owner cobbled together air rights from 134, 136 and 138 Delancey Street in order to create a new 47,000 square foot zoning lot.  “Peering above its small lot,” ODA Architecture boasts, “the building is combining its mass from the surrounding properties to create a stepping volume which cantilevers over the adjacent low rise buildings like an inverted ‘wedding cake’ or ziggurat.”

The building will include a 5,000 square foot rooftop and a 2,000 square foot roof deck. Arch Daily, which featured the renderings, noted, “the massing configuration maximizes the area of green roof for the building.”

Department of Buildings permits have been approved; construction is supposed to be completed next year.  Residents should move in just in time to have a great view of the big Seward Park project, which will be rising on the parking lots across the street on Delancey!

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  1. The developer could build yet more luxury units if he included 20% “affordable” housing, but I see no mention
    of affordable housing. Did they not opt for the additional bulk? It
    would say a lot about the inclusionary zoning model if they did or

  2. Where would they put that additional bulk even if they qualified for it? It looks like they’re already going right up to the 120ft height restriction and using every square inch of their own lot’s footprint plus cantilevering over neighboring buildings.

    The inclusionary programs seem much more geared toward developers of rental buildings on big lots without special height restrictions.

  3. Seems the developer bought the air rights to three adjacent buildings. The rezoning allowed a height cap far in excess of the bulk (FAR) allowance for the lot. The rezoning prevented tall towers, but didn’t lower bulk and density — it actually increased the potential development by 53%.

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