319 Broadway, the remaining half of Tribeca's "Thomas Twins," a pair of five-story, Italianate-style cast-iron buildings built in 1869, is slated to become an eight-unit rental building. According to a DOB application spotted by BuzzBuzzHome, developers United American Land LLC have retained the services of architects GreenbergFarrow (64 Bayard Street, 205 Water Street) for the project, which will feature 850-square-foot one-bedroom apartments and 1,100-square-foot two-bedrooms. No word yet on pricing. There will also be a "recreation area" on the roof.
Both of the "Thomas Twins," which also included 317 Broadway, were considered for landmark status in 1966, according to architectural historian Christopher Gray, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission backed off after getting pressured by the owners. Five years later, 317 was torn down and replaced by a two-story building that currently houses a McDonalds, so good job all around there. 319 was granted landmark status in 1989, however, which means that any changes that United American Land and GreenbergFarrow want to make to the exterior will have to be approved by the LPC.
· Tribeca "Thompson Twin" 319 Broadway getting 8-unit residential conversion [BuzzBuzz]
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