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Upper West Side Downzone Update: Hong Kong Cometh

With an update today of the ineffectual-sounding downzone proposal for the far Upper West Side (new developments on Broadway would be capped at 14 stories, side streets at some lesser height) comes a missive to the Curbed inbox with fresh news on development in the micronabe: "Nothing has been posted from the Park West Village/808 Columbus projects for a long time. Lots of activities. On the west side of the block that runs from 97th to 100th St, Whole Foods has signed a contract for 57,000 feet of space. Its panache as a drive to attract more retail is striking. Plans have also been announced for the same three blocks on the east side, where a tennis court once stood. Soon, we'll see three new buildings: two 12 stories, one 15 stories. Foundation work to start this summer."

That rendering, at top, shows the 808 Columbus area in all its future glory—808 at left, and the three newbies across Columbus to the east. Concludes our tipster, "Lovely architecture, no? Someone called it Dallas, with a touch of Hong Kong."
· Plan to Cap Building Height on UWS Moves Ahead [NYSun]
· Upper West Side Gets in the Downzone [Curbed]
· More UWS Upzoning: 808 Columbus Eyes 29 Stories [Curbed]

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