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Carter's View

Marketing has started for The Visionaire, a 33-story residential condominium building at 70 Little West Street, the last residential site in Battery Park City.

The building will have 251 condominiums and occupy the block bounded by Battery Place, Little West Street, Second Place and Third Place.

The building, which will overlook the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will be distinguished by a curved facade and 40,000 square feet in the 500,000-square foot project will be occupied by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.

The Albanese Organization and the Starwood Capital Group Global at the developers.

Completion is anticipated in 2008.

It is the third residential project of The Albanese Organization, which is based in Garden City, Long Island, at Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City. SCLE and Pelli Clarke Pelli are the architectural firms for the project. Pelli Clarke Pelli also designed the developer's two other projects at Battery Park city, the 27-story Solaire at 20 River Terrace and the 24-story Verdesian at 211 North End Avenue.

Like the Verdesian and the Solaire, the new building will be "green," that is, constructed to minimize energy costs.

The Albanese Organization's other major project in Manhattan is 100 United Nations Plaza.

The building's southern facade is pointed on its west side and rounded on its east side. The rendering of the building, which has two setbacks, at the right shows a view of the tower from the northeast.

The building will have a "high-efficiency fresh-air supply and exhaust system, centrally filtered water, an in-building wastewater treatment system that resupplies toilets and central air-conditioning makeup water, and rainwater will be harvested on the pesticide-free roof gardens.

Apartments have "sustainably harvested wood" floors, washers and dryers, pre-wiring for motorized window treatments, and "an open kitchen finished with natural materials chosen for their intrinsic beauty and interplay of textures - as well as their environmentally responsible and healthful properties."

Kitchens will have bamboo cabinets, "river-washed absolute black granite counters and backsplashes made from bricks of art glass by Waterworks. Master bathrooms will have teak cabinets, limestone floors and glass mosaic tiles.

The building will have a doorman and 24-hour concierge, a fitness center with skylit swimming pool, a children's playroom, bicycle storage, 24-hour valet parking garage, residents-only lunge for entertaining with natural gas fireplace, pool table and screening room, and a lobby with a 12-foot tropical aquarium.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.
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