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More than 100 years after the National Urban League was founded in Harlem, plans were announced for its new national headquarters, located at 121 West 125th Street and the result of a request for proposals issued by Empire State Development and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Urban League Empowerment Center took place in March 2021 with Governor Cuomo, the Honorable Charles Rangel, and Congressman Adriano Espillat among the dignitaries and officials in attendance. Four months later, a recent site visit saw a crane up and the structure one floor out of the ground.
Renderings by Beyer Blinder Belle show a sleek glass building with a setback stone tower and extensive retail space. The architect’s website notes that the building will feature varying transparencies, from the most transparent for retail space to the least transparent for residential floors. Completion is estimated for 2023.
121-West-125th-Street-01 Rendering via MAQE/Beyer Blinder Belle

“New York City is where we were born, and I am proud that New York City is where we will stay. I am even more excited about the neighborhood economic development our new home represents.” - Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

Beyer Blinder Belle / MAQE
The National Urban League’s headquarters will measure approximately 42,000 square feet and feature a balcony overlooking 125th Street’s vibrant streetscape. The site will also be home to the 19,500-square-foot National Urban League Institute for Race, Equity, and Justice conference center, as well as the Urban Civil Rights Museum, which will focus on the contributions of civil rights activists in the northern part of the United States.
The Urban League Empowerment Center’s retail and office space seeks to entice tenants who will offer jobs and resources for the neighborhood. So far, Target and Trader Joe’s (the first in Harlem) have signed on as anchor retail tenants; the development will also provide below-market rate office space to nonprofits like the Harlem-based Jazzmobile, the New York chapter to 100 Black Men of America, and the United Negro College Fund. Finally, the residential component will include over 170 units of affordable housing for New Yorkers earning 30 to 80 percent of the area median income, as well as supportive housing for young adults aging out of foster care.
121-West-125th-Street-02 Photography circa July 2021 via CityRealty

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