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Pritzker Winner Alvaro Siza's Luxe Midtown Tower Moves Forward

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Plans have been filed for the architect's first U.S. project with the Department of Buildings

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza's first American project is getting off the ground. Not literally, just yet, but YIMBY reports that plans have been filed for the 34-story tower with the Department of Buildings. The tower at 611 West 56th Street will rise on the site of a Gristedes near Eleventh Avenue that grocery store magnate and one-time mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis sold off for $55 million last year.

The plans reveal that the tower will stand 350 feet 444 feet to the top of its bulkhead and cover 172,000 square feet total. There will be 80 condos. As these things go, the lower floors of 611 West 56th will have more, and smaller, condos with fewer larger condos at the top.

Developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY have tapped interiors firm Gabellini Sheppard once again. The development and interiors team are also collaborating on Tadao Ando's high-end Nolita condo, so it should come as no surprise that Siza's tower will fall in the ultra-luxe range.

Work on the tower is expected to start this summer and wrap in 2019.