Excavation is nearly complete at 54 MacDougal Street, a ground-up, six-story condominium being developed by Valyrian Capital and Ajax Partners. Up until 2013, a humble three-story townhouse stood at the 2,500-square-foot lot for nearly 200 years, dating its creation to around 1820 when it was built on land formerly owned by Aaron Burr.
The building lot is within a once working-class and immigrant neighborhood referred to by some as the South Village. Unlike large swaths of Greenwich Village to the north and cast iron sections of Soho to the west, the motley mixture of low-rise, pre-war buildings for years lacked landmark protections. Since 2006, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has urged the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate a 35-block stretch of the neighborhood as an historic district, making it the city’s first tenement-based landmarked district. To date, two of the three phases of the district have been designated.
Valyrian/Ajax’s ground-up development anchors the eastern terminus of King Street and rises along a sedate but restaurant-packed stretch of MacDougal. The 50-foot-tall building (not counting the rooftop bulkhead) is being designed by KM Associates and a newly posted rendering gives us another look at the building’s handsome red brick facade, adorned with exposed steel framing and floor-to-ceiling windows. Juliet balconies will front floors three through five, and the top is graced by a large arched window and a handsome brick cornice. Inside, the building will house just four condominium residences averaging about 2,000 square feet each. Window exposures will be along three faces, and according to Valyrian, interior finishes will be handled by the acclaimed Nicole Fuller.
L: Older rendering of 54 MacDougal; R: Newer rendering from Ajax Partners
Also nearby and within the South Village neighborhood, two sizable condominium projects, One Vandam and 10 Sullivan Street, are wrapping up construction. Completion of 54 MacDougal is expected sometime in 2017.
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