In late December, landmarks unanimously approved plans to demolish a community facility adjoined to Congregation Shearith Israel in the Central Park West Historic District, and now West Side Rag reports that scaffolding has appeared around the dejected structure. According to WSR, the congregation has been in talks with the community to develop a new facilitytopped by five stories of apartments, no lessat 8 West 70th Street off of Central Park West for the last 30 years.
The incoming PBDW-designed community facility and apartment building, which was revealed in April, will stand nine stories tall and include room for community programs, classes, a banquet hall, a kosher kitchen, and will provide wheelchair access to the adjoined synagogue. The top five floors of the building will contain three full-floor apartments and a duplex penthouse.
The proposed structure fought a lengthy battle ahead of Upper West Siders who believe it will obscure views towards the park from a neighboring building. West Side Rag notes that while scaffolding is in place on site, demolition permits have yet to be posted with the DOB.
· New Community House and Condo Development Set to Rise on West 70th Street [WSR]
· Landmarked Synagogue to Develop Neighboring Condos [Curbed]
· All Congregation Shearith Israel coverage [Curbed]
· All 8 West 70th Street coverage [Curbed]