272 West 86th Street is a project where East River Partners purchased three landmarked row houses on the Upper West Side. ERP created plans to combine all three buildings into one, luxury doorman building. The combination of the buildings required preserving the front facade, which is preserved as a landmark but demolishing virtually everything else behind the front facade and building anew. In order to do that, ERP along with its contractor, Ross & Associates, designed a temporary steel bracing system that would support the exterior walls while the remainder of the three buildings were demolished.

In the picture below, you can see that the complicated demolition work has successfully been completed and now the work of building a brand new building behind the front wall may commence.

Jody Kriss East River Partners Project

Jody Kriss East River Partners Project

The “new-building-with-a-landmarked-facade” makes this project unique among all the condominium projects currently available on the UWS. There are projects that are ground up new construction but lack the intricacy of the landmarked facade. There are also landmark buildings that are being converted to condo but lack the elegance and modernity of the layouts afforded this project by building a brand new structure. None of the other condo offerings combine the elegance of the historic architecture and a brand new building.

The construction is more complex than if the building were developed from the ground up since the facade must be carefully preserved and restored.

Jody Kriss