A lumberyard at the corner of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue will soon depart for a much less gritty occupant. The Post reports that an undulating 12-story office tower designed by megafirm Kohn Pederson Fox will begin to rise on the site sometime next year, with an anticipated opening in 2016. Prince Tower, as it will be called, is being developed by the owners of the lumberyard, Prince Lumber (see what they did there?), which is relocating to West 47th Street.
The site sits outside of the historic district, so no Landmarks approval is needed, and the 172,000-square-foot building can be built as-of-right. A periwinkle-hued rendering shows two set backs, both with planted terraces, as well as a landscaped rooftop deck. Evidently, the rolling glass facade was "designed to resemble the waves on the nearby Hudson River." It will have 170-feet of frontage along 15th Street, with 100-feet along Ninth Avenue. The first three floors will be retail, and there will be a fourth floor restaurant. No permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings, but we'll be on the lookout for destructo/constructo-porn
· Fresh Prince of W. 15th St. [NYP]
· Kohn Pederson Fox [official]