Isaac & Stern‘s recent slate of work is verging on prolific, as the firm is heading the design of yet another building, at 2269 First Avenue; the site is located on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue and 117th Street. Acuity Capital Partners is developing the site.
The old 2269 First Avenue is a five-story school, which will be saved and integrated into the base of the new building as both residences and commercial space. Permits indicate that the re-development will total 69,093 square feet, approximately 25,000 square feet larger than the current structure. 3,995 square feet on the ground-level will be dedicated to retail, while the remainder will be divided between 90 units.
2269 First Avenue has had an active recent history, and the first plans for the site’s redevelopment were floated on Curbed back in 2005, when the proposal was compared to The Switch Building’s “crackhead younger sibling.”
Luckily the project’s aesthetic has evolved, and Isaac & Stern’s involvement has been a major positive for the site’s future. Instead of an awkward glass addition, the historic school will be integrated into the base of a more mindful expansion, with casement windows dominating the old and new; a sliver of the upper floors will be contemporarily-inspired, but even that component appears to be incorporated in a tasteful manner.
While no completion date has been announced, permits for the expansion were approved last June.
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