610 Lexington Avenue has been a sad vacant lot for many years now, and developer Aby Rosen has been trying to build a luxury tower there since around 2007. Now it looks as though he may finally get his wish, as his company RFR Realty has teamed with developer Hines—the company behind such projects as Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, One Jackson Square, and many others—and China's largest residential builder, Vanke, the Post reports. The 711-foot-tall, 91-unit tower, which will feature some massive apartments, is expected to open in 2017 and launch sales in 2015. According to building permits pored over by NY YIMBY, there will be commercial space on the ground floor, a restaurant on the second floor, and office space on the third floor. Everything above that (60 more floors) will be residential. There will also be a ninth-floor swimming pool, according to the Post.
The tower was originally supposed to be designed by Norman Foster, but was later handed off to SLCE Architects.
Presumably, SLCE is still in charge as excavation has now begun on the site and their name appears on the most recent permits. UPDATE: An RFR rep has reached out to let us know that the tower is still designed by Norman Foster's Foster + Partners. Curbed regrets the error.
· RFR finds team to develop Upper East Side luxury tower [NYP]
· Excavation Begins: 610 Lexington Avenue [NY YIMBY]
· 610 Lexington Avenue coverage [Curbed]