DDG has just started construction on 180 East 88th Street, set to become the tallest tower in the Upper East Side.

Excavation and site clearing are underway, and the tower will begin to take shape sometime this fall, according to a spokesman for the developer. The 32-story structure will feature 30-foot-high masonry arches on its top floors and a facade clad in handmade brick imported from Denmark. Ultimately, the building will stand 521 feet tall, towering over all of its neighbors on East 88th between Third and Lexington Avenues.

Its 48 residences average over 2,000 square feet. Average ceiling heights will reach 16 feet, resulting in some of the largest and most voluminous construction condos in the area.

88th Street Web 2The ground floor will host a small art gallery and a bike storage room in addition to a spacious lobby with dual entrances. Each residential floor will have just one or two apartments. A penthouse duplex will take up the top two stories and the roof.

DDG handles the design and HTO Architect is the architect of record. DDG also performs design, construction management and property management for all its projects internally.

The bulk of the tower will be set back from the street, and the building’s seven and eight-story base will match the street wall.

180-east-88th-street-construction-2-72015The site spans 15,354 square feet and wraps around in an L shape to front Third Avenue and East 88th Street. DDG picked up the site in December 2013. Demolition of the prior structures was completed in Fall 2014. Excavation began in April 2015 and vertical construction will commence in Fall 2015.

The Upper East Side’s generous zoning has made it a hotbed for new high-rise condo towers. The short list includes two 21-story towers planned near the 86th Street stop on the 4/5/6, at 1289 Lexington Avenue and 147 East 86th Street, an Extell-developed condo project in the works on Third Avenue between 94th and 95th Streets, and a glassy development designed by SHoP under construction at 1711 First Avenue.

Since the MTA is working overtime to finish the Second Avenue Subway by late 2016 or early 2017, the construction boom may even accelerate in the next two years.