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64 University Place via Bsafal 64 University Place via Bsafal
Money is typically the driver of great design in New York City, and pricey Lower Manhattan neighborhoods continue to receive the city's most notable architectural additions. Underway within the beautiful, urbane, and staunchly-protected confines of Greenwich Village is an 11-story residential venture to bring a cascade of rosy-red arched windows to a midblock site at 65 University Place, between East 10th and 11th Streets. The 55,000-square-foot development will host just 28 condominium residences likely to debut within the next two years.
Construction permits filed in August 2021 call for a modest structure that will accommodate retail space, a community facility, and 28 residential units above. The project represents Indian-based developer Bsafal’s first foray into the United States. The firm, in partnership with Argo Real Estate, purchased the site for $30 million in July 2019 and in February 2021, demolition permits were filed to take down the nondescript four-story commercial building at 64-66 University Place. While the offices on upper floors were long vacant, the ground-floor retail tenant, gourmet grocer Agata & Valentina, had announced plans to close following a dramatic rent increase at the end of 2019.
While designer Kohn Pedersen Fox's New York City portfolio includes such skyscrapers as Two Waterline Square and 111 Murray Street, the new building will rise to a more moderate scale of 125 feet high. Renderings depict a context-sensitive structure that holds University Place's strong streetwall and faces its main facade with oversized arched windows framed by corbelled brickwork.
64-66-University-Place-02 Previous building via Avison Young
Pre-existing structure and cleared site as of early February 2022
64 university Place (February 2022)
The development site is located just outside the Greenwich Village Historic District, which local preservationists have fought to expand east towards Broadway for a number of years. They also argued for the protection of 64-66 University Place on grounds that it was once the offices of Grove Press. While only a tenant in the building from 1959 to 1964, prior to moving to a larger space up the street, the influential yet controversial publisher was quite busy during that time: They completed successful legal challenges on behalf of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer, released the American edition of Naked Lunch, and published gay-themed fiction and the previously banned writings of the Marquis de Sade.
The demolition of the pre-existing building is now complete; but in September 2021, New York State determined that a proposed South of Union Square Historic District (which would include this site) is eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has yet to weigh in on the designation.
64 University Place Homes will overlook genteel University Place lined with historic buildings such as Devonshire House
64-university-Place Facade detail of 64 University Place via Bsafal
The new building should add to the vibrancy of University Place with new small-scale retail spaces
Preliminary look at an amenity space at 64 University Place
According to the team, the building will host a diverse mix of layouts, ranging from studios to palatial penthouses. There will be nine one-bedrooms, 13 two-bedroom units, four three-bedrooms, and two penthouse units. Amenities are to include a 24-hour doorman and a state-of-the-art gym with a steam room.
While prices have yet to be disclosed, we can say with certainty that the apartments will be expensive: CityRealty data puts the average price of a Greenwich Village condo at $2,160 per square foot. With just a smattering of condos rising in recent years, cooperatives remain the prevalent housing type. (Of the 146 publicly-listed sales units in Greenwich Village, only 16 are condos.)

64 University will stand just two blocks south of 116 University Place, a Morris Adjmi-designed building with only five units and an average closing price of $2,220 per square foot. On the same block, the Annabelle Selldorf-designed 21E12 rose on the former site of Bowlmor lanes and reports an average closing price of $2,598 per square foot.
Google Earth aerial showing location of 64 University Place

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