Permits were filed last week to develop a long-vacant site at the corner of Hudson and Charles streets in the West Village. Addressed at 540 Hudson Street/109 Charles, the lot is within the Greenwich Village Historic District and the proposed design will need the approval of the Landmark’s Preservation Commission (LPC). The permits list Morris Adjmi Architects as the applicant of record who, over the years, became the contextual gurus for navigating countless new developments through LPC hearings.
As currently proposed, the building will have ground-level retail and a community center. Above will be 26 apartments spread across 31,345 square feet of floor area. There will be five apartments per floor on levels 2 through 6 and the uppermost 7th floor will host a single penthouse with a private terrace.
According to Real Estate Weekly, the paved lot once held a gas station that was built in 1928. The notorious William Gottlieb owned the building from 1981 to 2006 and now the LLC, 540 Hudson, is listed as the property owner. Given the lot’s desirable location, the apartments will likely be condos. Directly across Charles Street, is the 22-unit condominium called the Kimberly which finished construction in 1998. For the past several years, all of its apartments sold north of $2,000 per square foot.
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