After posting this about the triangle site at 14 White, where it seemed to me they were just refurbishing the curbs and sidewalks, or at least that’s all I could find on the DOB site, I got a note from Frank LePera of Parametric Development Group, who is developing the site together with his partners at architecture firm NAVA.
Construction will start this month on a six-storey building with a partial seventh floor for six or seven residential units and a commercial space on the ground floor. The site is quirky, so the developers had asked for a bit more height, but the Board of Norms and Appeals cut them down a bit. They aim to be ready in 18 months.
These renderings are from their original presentation to Landmarks in 2017 and are similar, but not exact: the new designs were created by JFG Architects and will feature metal alloy siding. “The facade is beautiful,” LaPera said, promising to pass on some renderings when they’re done.
His company also recently completed 80 East 10th Street, for reference.
“When we presented this building to Landmarks, they were honestly a little crazy about it,” LaPera said. “They unanimously approved it without any objection.”
The original plan was for a 80-foot building with more square footage than the zoning plan (in the Tribeca East Historic District) would allow; the BSA wouldn’t give them the variance, despite the rigors of having to build around the subway below, hence the slightly shorter building this time.
The lot has a special listing in the Tribeca East Historic District designation report as it is the only property in the district with a Sixth Avenue address – #15.
“In 1928-1930, Sixth Avenue was extended southward, leading to the demolition of several five- and six-story retail and loft buildings near White Street and the creation of the triangular sites now used as parking lots along the west side of the avenue from Franklin Street north to White Street. Sixth Avenue was subsequently renamed Avenue of the Americas in honor of the Organization of American States, although the street’s historic name is still in common use.
In 1930, Sixth Avenue was extended south to Franklin Street, cutting through Block 191 and necessitating the demolition of eight retail and loft buildings on the north side of White Street near Church Street. A triangular lot was created at the northwest corner of the intersection of Sixth Avenue and White Street, encompassing portions of what were originally lots 7 and 8. In 1946 lot 8, which was empty, was converted into the current parking lot.