1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower Building, DDG Partners New York Skyscraper Design

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

DDG Partners New York Luxury Condo Skyscraper, NY, USA – by HTO Architects

24 May 2016

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

Upper East Side Supertall Skyscraper

Design: DDG Partners in house ; Architect of record: HTO Architects

Developer: DDG Partners

Programme: luxury condominium tower

In 2014, a developer sought approval for an odd alteration to a lot on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Instead of a 30-foot-deep lot, abutting East 88th Street, the developer sliced off a narrow sliver only four feet wide, reports the New York Times.

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

The change, approved by New York City, became part of the official map of taxable lots that November. But the motivation behind it became clearer only in recent months.

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

That thin buffer between the building’s lot and the street allowed the developers, DDG Partners, to avoid an array of requirements for a structure’s shape and size when it touches the street — and ultimately, opponents of the project say, build a tower about 60 feet higher. The Upper East Side tower takes its address from 88th Street, but because of the tiny lot, the entrance is around the corner on Third Avenue.

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

With permits issued in March, the developers have wasted no time: Rebar jutted out in clusters above street level on a recent afternoon from the poured foundation of what is to be among the neighborhood’s tallest towers. Signs outside announce the multimillion-dollar condominiums now on the market. Height, one of the developers has said, is a major selling point.

1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower

George M. Janes, a planning expert, who was hired by Carnegie Hill Neighbors to analyze the site, said the developers appeared to be seeking to avoid building a bigger base for the tower, which would be required if the lot touched 88th Street. And the square footage that would have had to go into that extra base could be used instead to add additional height to the 521-foot tower. If required to add to the base, he said, the tower might have to be shortened by about 60 feet, or roughly six floors in a typical building.

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“It’s a blatant device,” Lo van der Valk, the president of Carnegie Hill Neighbors, said. “That principle, we have to put it to the city: Do you allow this? Did you do this intentionally?”

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/nyregion/4-foot-wide-lot-carved-out-by-developers-causes-big-stir-in-manhattan.html?_r=0

DDG Partners

DDG invests economic and intellectual capital where it can use innovative design solutions to improve the built environment, creating value for both stakeholders and the community at large.

Capital, design, development, construction and asset management are all executed through DDG’s multiplatform structure, allowing us to seamlessly and efficiently exercise our vision.

The DDG team is comprised of a highly talented group of individuals who come from diverse professional backgrounds that include investment, development, design, construction, hospitality and asset management; their depth of knowledge and expertise has helped set the standard of excellence associated with the DDG brand.

DDG has offices in California, Florida and New York.

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