Developer Anbau Enterprises wants to demolish the five-story apartment building at 207 West 79th Street and replace it with a 16-story building designed by Morris Adjmi. An application filed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, spotted by West Side Rag, details the scope of the project, which sits within the Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District. The existing building dates to 1920, but alterations in the 1970s completely stripped the facade of all character and historic details. It's now a rather ugly dark brick box.
While it's unlikely that the LPC would object to this building being replaced, it sits directly beside the Hotel Lucerne, which is an individual landmark. Anbau's proposed building would rise above the hotel and block its west side lot-line windows.
The application doesn't specify if the new building would be rentals or condos, but given the location and Anbau's other work, there is a high probability that it would be condos.
The existing building, known as the Carlton House, holds about 24 rental units, that, according to StreetEasy, rent for $2,000 to $3,700. A tipster told West Side Rag that tenants have been given 90 days to vacate. The application will be discussed by Community Board 7's landmarks committee on July 10, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission should hear the project on July 22.