A 200-foot-long parking garage at 121 West 125th Street will soon be transformed into a glassy 400,000-square-foot complex with 114 units of housing, a 50,000-square-foot conference center, and the state's first civil rights museum. The National Urban League, a civil rights group, will also move its headquarters into 75,000-square-feet of the new project, giving the development its name: The Urban League Empowerment Center. The Real Deal reports that developer Hudson Companies tapped architecture firm HOK to design the $225 million complex, which is the result of an RFP issued last May by Empire State Development and the city's Economic Development Corporation.
The Urban League formed in Harlem in 1910, but it's currently based in the Financial District; the new project will allow the group to return to its origins by 2017. In addition to the center and 30,000-square-foot museum, the complex will have a public 225-car parking garage, retail space, and 114-unit residential tower with a 50-30-20 price breakdown. This means 50 percent will be market rate, 30 percent affordable, and 20 percent available for low income. Renderings for the tower show a glassy edifice with three setbacks, each planted with a landscaped terrace. The development should break ground in 2015 and be open roughly two years later.
· Hudson Taps HOK for Massive Urban League Development in Harlem [TRD]
· Urban League Empowerment Center [Governor's Office]
· Empowerment Center Slated for Harlem [Urban League]