Permits filed for new tower at life sciences facility

ARE presented a 3D model of the new tower at a Community Board 6 meeting last fall. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Permits were filed last Friday for a 21-story building on East 30th Street between First Avenue and the FDR that will be the third stage of development for the Alexandria Center for Life Science campus that is just south of Bellevue Hospital.

New York Health + Hospitals filed the application because the hospital system leases the land to Alexandria Real Estate and filed the permits on behalf of their tenant.

The permits filed with the Department of Buildings on January 10 indicate that the proposed development is expected to be 384 feet tall and 587,137 square feet, with 417,734 allocated for commercial space.

A representative from the city’s Economic Development Corporation confirmed that the building will be the North Tower of the current Alexandria campus and although the application was filed for 500 East 30th Street, the building will most likely have an odd-numbered address on East 29th Street. EDC also noted that all of the commercial space will be wet-lab capable and there will be a small retail component on the ground level facing south.

Real estate blog New York YIMBY initially reported the filing last Saturday, although originally the blog noted that the proposed development would be replacing the Water Club, which is east of the FDR, later updating the story removing references to the restaurant-turned-catering business.

Representatives from Alexandria Real Estate presented plans for the new building to Community Board 6 in October 2019, indicating that the North Tower was the third stage of development for the life sciences facility that was approved by the city in 2004. The East Tower was completed in 2010 and the West Tower was completed in 2013.

John Cunningham, regional director for ARE in New York, told the community board last fall that the company expects to break ground on the tower this coming fall and the project is expected to take three years to complete.

The proposal for the North Tower includes a series of 16 lab floors, as well as additional open space that will be available to the public. Once the project is complete, the campus is expected to provide more than an acre of public space in total.

Nickolas Zigomanis of Adamson Associates is listed at the lead architect on the project.

Representatives from ARE declined to comment on the filing.

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