June 15, 2016
HFZ Tower Paves the Way for Restoration of NoMad Landmarks Gilsey House and Marble Collegiate Church
The NoMad District is all about marrying the best of old New York with cutting-edge architecture and culture. So, we are not surprised by news that a new HFZ Capital Group residential tower at 8 West 30th Street is committing to critical preservation and rehabilitation work along the adjacent stretch of West 29th Street.
When the developer HFZ Capital Group sought air rights for its planned 64-story tower at 8 West 30th Street, it meant negotiating with the surrounding low-rise historic buildings on West 29th Street, including the landmarked Marble Collegiate Church and landmarked Gilsey House.
As a result of the landmark status of the buildings, HFZ used a 74-711 application for the air rights. This made them responsible for the upkeep of the landmark buildings and for making sure the new building footprint was “harmonious” with the landmark structures. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was tasked with evaluating any proposals by the developer.
The eventual proposal by HFZ included restoration plans for both Marble Collegiate Church and Gilsey House, along with the creation of a pedestrian walkway between 29th and 30th Streets, and a beautiful new west façade for Marble Collegiate, which will face onto a new public park space next to the church.
One of the noteworthy parts of the restoration for everyone who loves the Gilsey House, is the restoration of windows and facades to reflect their graceful 1900 appearance.
The final proposal met glowing approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission earlier this month with restoration costs being paid by HFZ. It’s wonderful to see real estate and community interests coming together to make both preservation and progress a reality in NoMad. The work of all parties involved will be appreciated for decades to come.