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Bjarke Ingels moves ahead with Harlem resi project

Blumenfeld's 233-unit residential building will also hold 37K sf of commercial space

December 19, 2014 01:20PM
By Claire Moses

From left: Bjarke Ingels, 146 East 126th Street and David Blumenfeld

From left: Bjarke Ingels, 146 East 126th Street and David Blumenfeld

Bjarke Ingels is ready to officially leave his mark on Harlem. 

The Danish starchitect filed an application today to construct a 233-unit mixed-use residential building at 146 East 126th Street, according to Department of Buildings records. The plans call for a roughly 235,000-square-foot, 11-story structure.

While his Bjarke Ingels Group will be designing the project, Blumenfeld Development Group is developing the site, located between Lexington and Third avenues. The site is currently home to Gotham Plaza, Blumenfeld’s 120,000-square-foot building which houses the Department of Motor Vehicles, a RadioShack and several other retail outlets.

Ingels is best known in New York for his massive pyramid-shaped Durst Organization-developed building on West 57th Street. It’s still unclear what his Harlem design will look like. The New York Post reported last year that the new building might cantilever over Gotham Plaza.

David Blumenfeld could not immediately be reached on Friday and no renderings were yet available.

According to the permit application, roughly 198,000 square feet will be residential space, while nearly 37,000 square feet will go toward commercial use. The building will have apartments on the fourth through 11th floors, with 20 percent of the units below market rate.

Plans also call for a game room, a fitness center, a yoga room and a golf simulator, among other amenities.

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