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    There's a fresh vacant lot on the uptown side of 29th St between Park and Madison, closer to Park. It's a pretty good size lot. Any news?
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    39-45 E. 29th St.
    H. Thomas O'Hara Architect, PLLC
    Dev-Jonis Realty
    36 stories
    125 units 160,074 sf
    Residential Condominiums
    Under construction

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    Thank you nimby : ).

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    OHara again????????

    Oh no........another ugly slab by him?

    ....and it replaced a cute set of townhouses -

    Let's get Ohara to design the replacement for the Drake !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peakrate212
    OHara again????????
    Yes, this is becoming a nightmare that just won't go away.

    Oh no........another ugly slab by him?
    Could there be anything else? More on this one here.

    ....and it replaced a cute set of townhouses -
    Makes it doubly painful.

    Let's get Ohara to design the replacement for the Drake !
    At this rate, he just might.

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    You can go to his website hto-architect.com and see more. Click on projects and under current projects, 29th street.

    Even the rendering looks awful, clearly exposed floorplates, ugly lot line walls, deadening uniformity all the way up. Bright spot? It only seems to be 31 stories.

    It also seems like we're losing more good buildings than crap, which really sucks.

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    ^Yes here is a rendering...


    Last edited by krulltime; January 25th, 2007 at 06:57 PM.

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    Garbage.
    And I'll bet you the finished product will come out looking a whole lot sh*ttier than the rendering.

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    Wow, that looks so.... dumb.

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    Why would anyone ever pay for a design like that? It shows absolutely no creativity, no attractiveness, no hint of having been created by someone who has a degree in architecture. If you're a developer, and you're so cheap that you want to build the most plain-looking, blank-wall possessing, exposed-floor plate building, why not save the architectural fees, sit down at your desk, take all of 10 minutes, and design a ugly box yourself? I just don't get it.

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    Here's some more info from http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

    31-story condo tower planned for 39 East 29th Strreet 30-MAY-06

    A 31-story residential tower is planned for the vacant site at 39-45 East 29th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.
    The developer is Jonis Realty of Great Neck, L. I., of which Nathan Halegua is a principal.

    The mid-block project is anticipated to contain 132 residential condominiums. It will have roof terraces, a gym and lounge, and many corner windows, but no balconies.

    It is about one block to the east of another major new residential condominium tower now under construction at 11 West 29th Street.

    H. Thomas OíHara is the architect.

    39 East 29th Street LLC, the listed owner of the site and its address is in care of Laurence Ruben & Company at 600 Madison Avenue, is listed in city records as having made air rights agreements at the site.

    CityRealty.comís attempts to reach Jonis Realty and Mr. OíHara for further information were unsuccessful today.


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    A DOG of a building!!! Nathan - we beg you - please get another architect.....hire a starchitect with talent and you will get $300+ psf more in sales and WE wont have to see that ugly building.

    Remember after you are gone, we still have the buildings .....this is your legacy.......give a crap!

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    It's a bit late for that...the building's already going up.

    However, O'Hara's got many new projects in the city, maybe you can work on affecting those instead?

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    it looks like the developers are selling the site
    NY POST
    June 13, 2006 -- SOME development sites are easier to develop than others - depending on such niceties as zoning obstacles, whether tenants are still in place and how much work has to be done to maximize permissible square footage.

    But at 39 E. 29th St. between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, a residential development site now being offered by current owners the Lawrence Ruben Co. and Jonis Realty, there's nothing to it if you've got the dough.
    Not only is the property a vacant lot, it's "completely entitled" for a 140,000 square-foot condo building that's already designed, said Studley Capital Transactions Group chief Woody Heller, who's fielding offers. Bids are due June 28.
    The once gloomy East 20s, between Park Avenue South and Fifth Avenue, are coming into their own with new apartment buildings, hotels and restaurants. The 8,500 square-foot site at 39 E. 29th "has no possession or zoning risk," Heller said.
    The owners have cleared the land and added to the planned tower's size through air rights, purchases and a bonus achieved under the city's inclusionary-housing program.
    "It's rare for a site to come pre-packaged this way," Heller said. He added the asking price is $400 per buildable foot.
    Market sources said they "expect" the site to sell for between $350-$400 a foot.

    The land is half-a-block east of the thriving Carlton Hotel. Since the area is so hot, why do the owners want to sell?
    "The development process is all about adding value, and there are a variety of ways to do that," Heller said. "In this case, they created enormous value by assembling all the pieces and are less inclined to realize the development process than to sell."

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    Plus they realize that the bubble has burst.

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