What's Going to be Hanging Over the Highway?

A whole lot of new square feet are coming to low-rise buildings on the Upper East Side.  You will see it:  the plan is to put most of it over the FDR Drive.

Manhattan Community Board 8 has set the agenda for its December work, and on Wednesday, Dec. 11, it will take up Rockefeller University's proposal for two new buildings.

The school has requested a hearing on its proposal for a low research building, which is described as two stories with rooftop pavilions, and a one-story conference center, both in the FDR Drive air space adjacent to its campus.

It also seeks to build a one-story recreation building in the campus's NW corner of the campus, which is on York Avenue on the UES, stretching from East 63rd Street to E. 68th Street.  You can see a map above, with the research building (designated in the school's map "22") and scholars residence (23) the only current highway overhangs.

The additions would total 181,000 square feet.

In return for approval, the meeting notice says that the university "proposes to make improvements to the East River Esplanade, and repairs to the seawall, adjacent to the project."

The notice appears to indicate that certification to begin the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure from the city's planning department was issued on Nov. 4. You can see the meeting notice here.



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