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Facelift Planned for the Plaza's Little Neighbor with Park Views

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Changes continue at the Plaza Hotel, where a Saudi prince is looking to partner with the Sahara India conglomerate as co-owners, and current owner The Elad Group is fashioning a new face for a little property next door at 22 Central Park South. This week the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing for a plan from Goldstein Hill & West Architects to transform the facade from tired to tasteful. New floors would be added up top, growing it from seven floors to nine. Inside 22 CPS, the existing 21 residential units would go, replaced by a simple plan of seven units, with one condo per floor, typically with 2 beds and 2-1/2 baths. All that will be topped by a duplex penthouse and a rooftop terrace above.
Down at street level, where longtime retailer Parc Antiques and Gems was pushed out by Plaza renovations a few years back, a newly designed subway entry would take center stage on Central Park South. Retail would go, save for a display window, and the residential lobby would reign supreme. For the exterior, limestone is the main material of choice, replacing the dingy bricks.The fire escape will come down to offer full views of 22 CPS' fresh face. Juliet balconies fronted by scrollwork in a Frenchified mode will bookend broad windows rising from floor to ceiling, opening onto vistas of Central Park. Pricing at 22 Central Park South hasn't been revealed, but with rich Russians paying upwards of $8,000/sf next door, we fear these cozy abodes will be way out of our range.
· Plaza Hotel Kicks Out the Old, Brings In the Shoe [Racked]
· Plaza Hotel coverage [Curbed]
· Sahara India Checks Into Plaza [Curbed]