Foundation work is in progress at 111 Varick Street, where Madigan Development is proposing a 27-story, 130,534-square-foot, mixed-use tower. The building’s 101 units would span 105,696 square feet, averaging 1,046 square feet per residence. A 1,785-square-foot commercial space would sit at ground level. S9 Architecture is behind the design, with Triton Construction listed as the general contractor.
The main tower is set back behind a 13-story corner section, which meets the street wall and roof level of 121 Varick Street, a 12-story commercial building built in 1929. The south-facing, six-story section at Broome Street was originally scaled in context with the 1910 Church of our Lady of Vilnius next door, which has since been torn down to make way for the 25-story, 54-unit 568 Broome Street.
The staggered mullion grid, shown on early renderings, has been replaced with zig-zagging strips of floor-to-ceiling windows. Exposed concrete floor plates add a prominent horizontal element and create texture upon the curtain wall.
Blackened steel columns and mullions, which frame the lower levels, channel the industrial legacy of Hudson Square. The aesthetic extends into the lobby and amenity areas, where textured concrete surfaces and metal grids share space with wood and stone finishes.
Renderings show green terraces upon the setbacks. An open-air resident lounge deck crowns the tower roof.
According to the developer, the building would meet LEED Silver environmental requirements.
The first comprehensive permit, filed in May 2015, indicates that the structure would consist of cast-in-place concrete, and calls for 15 parking spaces.
Permits place the building height at 337 feet, and the bulkhead would likely boost the total to around 360 feet. The tower would help balance the dominant skyline presence of the 484-foot Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium, built a block north in 2009. The 25-story, 115-unit 565 Broome Street, proposed catty-corner to the south, would integrate the skyscraper cluster with Canal Street to the south, forming a distinct skyline at the junction of Hudson Square, SoHo, and TriBeCa.
The six-story commercial building, which stood at the site since the 1920s, boasted attractive arched windows and beige brick walls, yet years of unsightly alterations turned the structure into an eyesore. All south-facing windows were bricked in. The façade served as billboard space since the Holland Tunnel entrance opened half a block west in 1927, and the block to the south was leveled to make way for approach lanes. The building served as a garage, with the entire Varick Street ground floor serving as an access ramp.
The new building and its proposed high-rise neighbors herald the block’s transition from peripheral, car-oriented space into a residential enclave, enabled by a neighborhood-wide March 2013 rezoning of the former manufacturing district. The buildings would open onto Freeman Plaza, which consists of a series of green spaces that soften the impact of the tunnel approach lanes and provide communal gathering areas.
The dramatic increase in density is appropriate given local transit adjacency, as the Canal Street station of the 1 train sits two blocks to the south and the Spring Street station of the A, C, and E trains is located three blocks to the northeast. In addition, incoming residents would lend round-the-clock pedestrian presence to a former commercial district that used to empty out in the after-hours, while ground-level retail would further activate the streetscape.