It looks like lower Manhattan will be treated to another building by starchitect firm Herzog & de Meuron. A tipster tells us that the Board of Standards and Appeals voted today to approve a variance for a HdM-designed 12-story mixed-use residential building on West Street across from Pier 40 between Leroy and Clarkson Streets. The address application on the BSA website lists 354/361 West Street as the property (BSA calendar number 192-13-BZ, if you want to search for it), and public records show that the site, along with 357 West Street and 156 Leroy Street, changed hands last year and is now owned by an entity identified as "AP-Isc Leroy Property Owner LLC C/O Ian Schrager Company"i.e. a partnership between developer Area Property Partners and hotelier Ian Schrager. If that rings a bell, it's because it was reported last April that Schrager was in talks with Richard Mack of Area Property, who has owned the property for several years, to co-develop the site. We've reached out to both companies, as well as Herzog & de Meuron, for comment. UPDATE: The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation had a digital copy of the developer's statement of findings, submitted along with the BSA application, which confirms that Herzog & de Meuron is indeed the architect.
The properties are currently occupied by a collection of smaller commercial and industrial buildings, and no demolition permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings. A new building permit for a 13-story, 67-unit building was filed for 156 Leroy Street in May 2013, but the plan is still pending. Michael Overington, Vice Chairman and Partner of the Ian Schrager Company, is listed as the site owner. Herzog & de Meuron is not listed on the application, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything; HdM is also not listed on the permits for their Jenga-like tower 56 Leonard Street. Often developers use a separate firm as the "architect of record," which files official documents. So details may be foggy, but one thing is sure: big changes are in store for this West Street site. If you have any other intel, the tipline is ready and waiting.
The statement of findings submitted with the BSA application, posted in full below, has no renderings attached, but gives this description of the building:
· Hotelier Ian Schrager Eyes West Street Site Near Pier 40 [Curbed]
· Herzog & de Meuron coverage [Curbed]