New Renderings and Permits for 30-Story Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Tower

Posted on: May 14th, 2020 at 5:05 am by

With the gaze of New Yorkers trained toward COVID-19 and the disruption of daily life, big real estate moves on. The gargantuan two-towered development set to rise atop the ruins of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street moves one step closer to reality.

Last month, Dattner Architects filed paperwork to construct the development known as GO Broome, which sits adjacent to the wall of new buildings that is Essex Crossing. The filing came weeks after City Council approved the rezoning of this parcel to accommodate such a large mass of real estate. However, the permits remain in a disapproved status.

Photo: Dattner Architects

In the meantime, shinier renderings are now available.

As previously reported, the proposed project is a two-tower joint venture between the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization. The approved zoning change (R-9) essentially legalizes the block-long beast, now with the official addresses of 64 Norfolk and 55 Suffolk. Its size and heft are approximately two-and-a-half times bigger than current zoning allows (R-8).

Photo: Dattner Architects

Designed by Dattner, the development is composed of Neary 520,000 square-feet, spread across 488 apartments, commercial retail, and community facilities. Of the unit tally, 115 residences are affordable housing for seniors. (Mandatory Inclusionary Housing earmarks 25% of units at 60% of Area Median Income.)

There is also a 4,000 square-foot commercial condo for Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, located in the sixteen-story section built atop the charred synagogue ruins – Norfolk Senior Housing Building; The second structure building is a 30-story high-rise with a portion of space dedicated to the new flagship headquarters for co-developer Chinese-American Planning Council – the Suffolk Building.

Amenities include rooftop pool, bike rooms, and onsite laundry.

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