Harlem’s massive $700M Taystee Lab Building is complete

March 1, 2022

Renderings courtesy of Janus Property Group unless otherwise noted

A state-of-the-art building built for life science, academic, and creative tenants is officially complete in Harlem, serving as the anchor of a major new commercial district in the neighborhood. The 350,000-square-foot Taystee Lab Building, named after the bread bakery that once occupied the lot, is the largest building in the Manhattanville Factory District, a master-planned, multi-building campus stretching from West 125th Street to West 128th Street with dedicated commercial and community space.

Developed by Janus Property Company and designed by Levenbetts with SLCE as the executive architect, the $700 million Taystee Lab Building rises 11 stories and features a glassy exterior and flexible, efficient floor plates.

Constructed for life science and innovative manufacturing, the LEED-certified building is equipped with high capacity power, high-velocity ducts, acid waste neutralization systems, and designated locations for tenant emergency generators, according to the developers.

The building also boasts outdoor space designed by Terrain Work, like terraces on several floors, and a landscaped courtyard. There will also be 20,000 square feet of public restaurant and retail space.

Photo courtesy of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office on Flickr

Gov. Kathy Hochul joined Manhattan elected officials and project developers on Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the West Harlem project.

“The completion of the Taystee Lab Building is a milestone in the next chapter of Harlem’s rich history,” Hochul said. “Anchoring the Manhattanville Factory District, the new state-of-the-art building will serve as the home for innovative companies developing the next generation of life science research and technology. As we continue to build back from the pandemic, today’s investments that support our life science infrastructure will ensure that we are better prepared, better equipped and more resilient in the future.”

After the Taystee Bakery closed in the late 1970s, the building, located on West 125th and 126th Streets, sat vacant for years. The city’s Economic Development Corporation in 2010 issued requests for proposals to redevelop the bakery, and later the agency selected Janus Property Company as the developer. In 2012, the city sold the property to the group for $34.3 million.

Five buildings are already complete in the Manhattanville Factory District, which sits next to Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus and CUNY’s City College, including the Sweets Building, the Malt House, and the Mink Building.

“West Harlem has become today’s premier destination for life sciences tenants in New York City. We appreciate the leadership and foresight of New York State and the Governor in helping make this a reality,” Scott Metzner, founding principal at Janus Property Company, said in a statement.

“The Taystee Lab Building and our other projects in the District will continue to drive forward the concerted efforts of the City, State, businesses, not-for-profit and academic communities, along with the neighborhood, to grow New York’s dynamic uptown economy.”


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