Two parking lots in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood will soon be filled in with a pair of condo buildings designed, developed, built and managed by DDG. The firm’s plan for 100 Franklin Street was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2014 and more recently made it through the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), which granted a zoning variance for the site.
The BSA decided to waive a requirement for setbacks on upper floors as well as eased zoning restrictions on lot coverage, side yard and street wall provisions. The two buildings, one six stories and the other eight will be comprised of 10 residences over ground-floor retail that faces Avenue of the Americas. DDG’s charitable affiliate, the DDG Foundation, is also spearheading an effort to convert a forlorn pedestrian island across the street into a public plaza.
The two buildings both have a red brick facade that appears partially pixellated as DDG has removed individual bricks here and there. At the street level, the building has arched masonry frames and a ribbon of plantings that runs the length of the building, just above the glassy storefront spaces.
Construction is slated to start later this year and wrap up in 2017.