A TriBeCa parking lot will make way for a shiny, new mixed-use building. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved an application to construct a seven-story building at 14 White Street. That’s between Sixth Avenue and West Broadway.
The site is triangular as a result of the extension of Sixth Avenue in the 1920s. It fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction in 1992, with the designation of the Tribeca East Historic District.
The presentation to the LPC was made by land use attorney Jay Segal of the firm Greenberg Traurig, preservation consultant Cas Stachelberg of Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, and architect Jordan Rogove, a partner at DXA Studio. NAVA is the developer.
Segal spoke because the project will also need approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Stachelberg said the design of the building, which will be primarily made of milled bronze, is a “thoughtful and creative response to a dynamic intersection.” It will be Passive House, an energy efficiency method that we are seeing more and more.
The first floor will have a residential lobby, a garage entrance, and retail space. The retail space will front Sixth Avenue. Floors two through five will have two residential units each and floors six and seven will have one unit each. The penthouse will also have private outdoor space on the roof, in addition to the communal space up there. Floorplans indicate four two-bedroom units, four three-bedroom units, and two four-bedroom units.
LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said the proposal is “quite a beautiful design.” She said it is one that really came from an analysis of the historic district, whereas some designs are made and then the applicants try to find ways to explain how it fits within its site’s historic context.
Commissioner Frederick Bland gave it an “A+” and called it a “really great project.” He said its one of the best he’s ever seen on its first hearing.
Commissioner Michael Goldblum said it was “pretty cool” to see a Passive House structure with this level of architectural sophistication. He called it a “lovely, sensitive, elegant building.”
Commissioner Jeanne Lutfy said the contextual use of materials was “most perfect.” She praised the “incredible porousness” of the design and said she loved the cornice.
Commisssioner Michael Devonshire said he was just sad he won’t be around when the building is eventually designated an individual landmark. A building must be 30 years old before it is eligible for designation.
Manhattan Community Board 1 was mostly supportive of the application, but asked for a larger cornice. There was no public testimony delivered.
In the end, the commissioners voted, unanimously, to approve the application as presented.