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12-Warren-Street Photos of 12 Warren and XOCO 325 courtesy of DDG
In case you couldn’t tell from our skyrocketing real estate prices (and towers), every square foot of Manhattan land is precious. According to the city’s PLUTO database, there are roughly 33,000 building lots in Manhattan. Each that becomes viable for redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to alter our varied and oft-chaotic cityscape.
DDG is one developer that doesn’t take new development prospects for granted — understanding that each site is a chance to produce greatness no matter how mundane the property. With a half-dozen downtown condo-buildings now under their belt, the design-development firm led by Joe McMillan has steadily produced fresh takes on construction, architecture and high-end living, all from ubiquitous mid-block parcels.
12-Warren-Street-034 Google Earth aerial over downtown Manhattan showing XOCO 325 and 12 Warren (CityRealty)
The firm’s two most recently-finished ventures at 325 West Broadway and 12 Warren Street are no exception and to showcase their journeys from conception to reality, the team has released a pair of time-lapse videos that succinctly play out the dance of construction. While we often take for granted the complex ballet required to truck and assemble tons of materials onto a narrow lot along some of the oldest streets in the city — only taking notice when construction disrupts our daily routines (building skyscrapers is the nearest peace-time equivalent of war, after all). Both are designed by DDG's in-house design team and are open for occupancy with just a few sponsor units still available. One project quarries and hand-stacks layers of roughly-hewn bluestone block 12 stories high while the other presents an organic-like exoskeleton softened by vegetation.
12 Warren Street, Tribeca
 
First up is 12 Warren Street, positioned at the edge of Tribeca and a stone’s throw from City Hall Park. The building’s standout feature is its bluestone facing quarried from upstate New York and meticulously layered to evoke a natural rock formation. The material is novel in its use here (it even covers the balconies), but preservationists tell the Times that bluestone once made up half of the city's sidewalks, primarily in areas near the harbor that were developed first.
As per the norm with New York projects, the project’s history started long before construction began. Prior to the recession, Spanish developer Renta Corporación Real Estate SA planned to convert and enlarge the 7-story former printing factory at the site. In 2012, the distressed property was sold to DDG for $14.8 million where they foresaw an ongoing demand for large, family-sized Tribeca apartments. Building permits were filed shortly after but construction was stalled in 2013 due to the board of Tribeca Townhomes next door preventing workers from erecting scaffolding and putting other protection equipment.
 
 
 
 
12 Warren
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Construction was finished 2016, becoming a capstone of an eclectic Tribeca block of stately pre-wars and minimalist newcomers. Sales launched in early 2016 bringing to market a grand collection of triplex, duplex, and full-floor homes, many with private outdoor spaces. The residences all have direct elevator access and the rocky theme is infused throughout the interiors. Only two of the 13 spreads remain. #THN is a 3-bed/3.5-bath spreading 3,788 square feet and priced at $6.9 million. Also available is the similarly-sized #6: a 3-bed, 3.5-bath asking $6.995 million. Shared amenities include a full-time doorman and concierge, fitness center, landscaped roof and storage.
12 Warren Street 12 Warren Street #THN for $6.9 million
XOCO 325
 
Next up is XOCO 325 at 325 West Broadway in SoHo. In 2012, DDG snapped up the former vacant mid-block former Tootsie Roll candy factory buildings that were once a. Sited on a through-block site within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, two of the buildings on Wooster Street were preserved. Separated by a courtyard, the two pre-wars are juxtaposed by a new 10-story condo fronting West Broadway that was designed by DDG Design Team. In March 2013, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new building's design with glowing remarks.
The project is notable for its double curtain-wall composed of an outer cast aluminum system and a glass window wall two feet behind. The developer says the cast-aluminum façade is a modern reinterpretation of the district’s loft buildings, and its proportions and bay spacing are reminiscent of them. XOCO’s (pronounced sho/co and named after the Catalan word for chocolate) sinuous pre-manufactured components bring to mind human anatomy, Gaudi, and melting chocolate. Between the project’s distinct wings is a landscaped courtyard overlooked by private balconies. Other amenities include an attended lobby, concierge, and a fitness center.
 
 
 
 
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The condominiums range from one- to four-bedrooms and measure up to 4,800 square feet. Presently, there two homes on the market: a two-bedroom townhouse unit priced at $8.49 million and #PHW a grand 4,406-SF penthouse with an ask of $17.5 million. Last week we reported that DDG launched a new, creative concept in the building — an interior design pop-up shop in a four-bedroom unit designed by Neal Beckstedt Studio.
xoco325 Floorplan of #PHW (Douglas Elliman)
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