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Condo Tower at 222 East Broadway is Not Quite Finished

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Maybe the construction crew building that condo tower next to the former Bialystoker Nursing Home building got a little over-anxious to finish the project.

The other day a flag appeared on top of the building, which had reached 25 stories. The flag is typically a sign that a new project has reached its full height (sometimes referred to “topping off” or “topping out”). But a short time later it disappeared, and work continued on additional floors.

Photo by Miriam Gross.

So how much taller will the building at 222 East Broadway go?

According to the Department of Buildings work permit and supporting documents, the top apartment will be on the 25th floor with mechanical infrastructure, such as an elevator room, mechanical equipment room and the bulkhead, taking up the 26th-29th floors.

According to signage posted at the construction site, work is expected to be completed by November of this year. Round Square Development (Ascend Group) fought a long battle to build a second tower to the west of the Bialystoker building. The co-op could not muster a two-thirds vote, so it left $54 million on the table that the developers would have paid for air rights. The project includes 51 market rate apartments, and also a full renovation of the landmark-protected Bialystoker building.

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