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Between full reopening plans for fall 2021 (with vaccinations required) and the long-planned Manhattanville campus, Columbia University has its eye on the future. That was made clear on a recent site visit to 600 West 125th Street, the future home of a new university housing tower: The drive-through McDonald’s restaurant formerly on-site has been demolished; and, according to the university, the excavation and foundations contractor will begin excavation for the support of excavation (SOE) systems the week of May 31.
Upon completion, the new tower will rise 34 stories high and contain 142 apartments for graduate students and faculty. Permits list CetraRuddy as the architect of record, but the project is being designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with CetraRuddy as the executive architect. Indeed, the project follows many of the design and sustainability principles seen in the Manhattanville campus across the street, which has many buildings designed by the Pritzker Prize laureate. With features like a high-performance facade, vegetated roofs, stormwater retention, optimized equipment efficiency, and an enhanced Clean Construction program, the building is pursuing LEED Gold certification.
600-West-125th-Street-01 Rendering via Renzo Piano Building Workshop / CetraRuddy Architecture via Columbia University
View of the tower base from 125th Street and Broadway
600-West-125th-Street-04 via NYC DOB
For all the excitement about the new campus, not everyone is thrilled about the new tower. Shortly after permits were filed in December 2019, Harlem residents argued that the tower broke a long-standing project to build a new school building on the site. However, the university says it offered the land to the Department of Education, but the proposal was declined in 2011.
While a spate of tempting new buildings have risen off the Columbia campus, this one might tempt graduate students and faculty to stay on. Amenities are expected to include a 150-space bike room, storage, fitness center, and second- and sixth-floor lounges that open up to terraces. Select faculty apartments will have private terraces. And if people get hungry during study sessions, the building has that covered, too - The Real Deal reports that McDonald’s has signed a deal to return to the new building and occupy 5,000 square feet on the ground floor. Completion is estimated for early 2023.
600-West-125th-Street-02 All photography of 600 West 125th Street circa May 2021 via CityRealty

Local Listings
543-West-122nd-Street-02 All images of Vandewater via Halstead
From the listing:
This 1,261-square-foot unit, with double exposure, enjoys 10 windows facing north and east and offers a large foyer, open kitchen with wine cooler. Primary bedroom includes an en-suite bathroom with a double vanity and a walk-in closet. Vandewater's interior design speaks to an old school design approach and showcases the beauty of the materials in a new and thoughtful way - oversized, high performance casement windows, tall ceilings, and European white oak floors. See floor plan and full details here.

11-Hancock-Place-01 All images of Eleven Hancock via Halstead
From the listing:
Find that extra space in this terrific and smartly crafted one-bedroom with home office floorplan. This sophisticated, oversized floorplan is a rare offering, comprised of a separate home office complete with an adjoining closet, a 20' long by 13' wide grand living room space and a wide chef's kitchen with breakfast bar with a waterfall drop. The large wall of windows bring in wide open, blue skies, which fill the apartment with its breadth and openness. See floor plan and full details here.

52-Convent-Avenue-01 All images of 52 Convent Avenue via Halstead
From the listing:
This new built condo unit provides a living/dining area where you can enjoy an open concept design where thoughtful proportions allow for your inner designer to create your dream home. The contemporary design throughout reflects modern living with solid Brazilian Oak flooring. You will adore the natural light pouring in through the oversized picture-frame windows, and the kitchen offers a cohesive and attractive appliance package with stainless steel finishes. 15-year tax abatement! See floor plan and full details here.

99-Morningside-Avenue-01 All images of 99 Morningside Avenue via Halstead
From the listing:
Offering high floor city and park views, unit 10A is both practical and dramatic. The open floor plan offers ample space for your entertaining and relaxation needs, anchored by large south facing windows. The sun-drenched and spacious second bedroom offers views of Morningside Park! The open galley kitchen comes graciously supplied with striking finishes and appliances. The custom, Italian oak cabinetry is complemented by frosted glass upper cabinets. The countertops and backsplash are treated with a combination of White Macaubas quartzite and bright, polished white quartz. See floor plan and full details here.

100-Claremont-Avenue-01 Rendering of 100 Claremont Avenue via Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Construction is underway on 80 Claremont Avenue, a new condominium tower located within the Union Theological Seminary's Morningside Heights campus and set to become the tallest structure north of Central Park. The sale of air rights allowed the seminary to finance a multi-million-dollar renovation of the 119-year-old school, and the design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects feature a limestone facade and large picture windows. Residential units will start on the eighth floor, and amenities will include a fitness center, pool, lounge, bike room, and on-site parking.
March 2021

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