The former stalled site at 471 Washington Street in the northernmost reaches of Tribeca has now reached its full height of nine stories, and it looks like the crazy original design was not abandoned when the ever-expanding Vella Group took over. The condo building got a much-needed cash infusion this past summer and suddenly sprang back to life. Architect Ben Hansen's glass and metal mesh building was to have eight units, but that was then. Now, with the recent filing of an amended Schedule A at the Department of Buildings (not yet approved), there's a new configuration in the works.
The latest proposal is for 12 units total, with three duplexes down at ground level where
traffic backs up for blocks Washington meets Canal Street. Above those will be two units per floor on 3 through 5, with full floor units on both 6 and 7. Up top will be a duplex penthouse covering floors 8 and 9, with some really sweet terraces and a big roof deck overlooking everything. That vista includes the iconically illuminated Rock Hudson, set to rise kitty corner across Canal. But the real show stopper up high are the river views and sunsets that go on forever. Just looking at the renders we can almost smell the salt air now.
· 471 Washington Schedule 'A' [NYC Department of Buildings]
· Portfolio: 471 Washington [Ben Hansen Architect]
· 471 Washington Street coverage [Curbed]