Preliminary renderings are up for Silverstein’s 520 West 41st Street via the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement, which affirms the building’s status as one of the largest in Manhattan, given it will stand 1,100 feet (335 meters) tall. More impressive is the actual floor-count of approximately 106, which will surpass all other skyscrapers on the island.
The development’s scope is going to be a game-changer for the far West Side, and the massive injection of new retail space — totaling 300,000 square feet (27,871 square meters), if current plans are approved — would be a catalyst for walkability. The EIS notes that 520 West 41st Street will also include 175,000 square feet (16,258 square meters) for corporate apartments, as well as 1.14 million square feet (105,909 square meters) of residential space — split between 1,400 apartments — for a gross of 1.685 million square feet (156,542 square meters).
While the height of 520 West 41st Street will be impressive, the most notable aspect of the tower is its sheer size, which also presents a turning point New York development has long needed: as supertall technology continues to advance, buildings over 300 meters will no longer be restricted to the uber-rich. This means that mass-market towers that cater to all demographics are on the near-horizon, yielding new opportunities for satiating demand, and constructing supply where it is most needed, according to New York YIMBY..
Indeed, 520 West 41st Street will have more units than the combined total of every other residential supertall either proposed or under construction in New York City. Even the project’s affordable component — which will total approximately 280 apartments — will have more units than projects like 432 Park Avenue and 217 West 57th Street.
With 106 levels, the floor count at 520 West 41st Street will be unprecedented amongst residential towers in the United States. The development will also have the most apartments of any building in New York City.
Construction on 520 West 41st Street is tentatively slated for 2017, and completion is expected by 2020.