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New Plans for Bowlmor Lanes Development Show Design For 23-Story Tower

GREENWICH VILLAGE — The controversial high-rise replacing Bowlmor Lanes on University Place will soar 23 stories above a block-long expanse of retail and community space, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings.

The 76-year-old bowling alley shuttered last summer to make way for developer Billy Macklowe's demolition of the entire block on the west side of University Place between 12th and 13th streets.

The new plans, which were first reported by the CityRealty blog 6sqft, outline what the building will look like.

This diagram shows the building from the front along University Place (left) and from the side along East 12th Street (right).

The YIMBY blog reported late last year on Macklowe's plan to construct a 309-foot-tall structure holding 52 condos, with 13,075 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The plans for 110 University Place suggest there will be more than 54 condos, not 52. (A stamp obscured the number of contracts planned for the third floor. Without that floor, there are 54 condos.)

The architecture firm on the application is SLCE Architects, and they appear to be assisted by the Rizzo Group, a consulting firm that specializes in building code, land use and zoning. Neither company responded to inquiries, nor did the Macklowe Company.

The building will have standard luxury amenities — storage, parking for 13 cars and 27 bikes, laundry, a lounge and an outdoor terrace on the second floor, atop the first-floor retail and "community facility." The plans specify the 1,050-square-foot community space would be for a nonprofit and would not include sleeping quarters.

Along with the lounge and terrace, there are two units planned for the second floor, split across nearly 5,500 square feet of space.

The fourth through seventh floors will each have four apartments divided across 5,410 square feet of space, and the eighth through 15th floors will hold three apartments apiece, across approximately the same amount of space as the floors below.

The 16th through 19th floors will have two units apiece, across 5,446 square feet. The 20th and 21st floors will have two apartments each, across a little less than 4,000 square feet.

The recently filed plans also indicate the building will be 268 feet tall, not including the small mechanical room on the roof, rather than the previously reported 309 feet. 6sqft pointed out this new height is in line with the other tall buildings in the area, One Fifth Avenue, which was built in the 1927, and The Brevoort East, which dates back to 1965, according to CityRealty.

Community Board 2 and the activist group Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation were previously determined to fight a 300-foot-tall building.

GVSHP director Andrew Berman said he still plans to fight the development, and argued that the "slightly smaller" building is "still grossly out of scale for the area." 

Berman is pushing for the city to rezone University Place to prevent tall buildings, and has garnered support from local electeds. But he said the city "has thus far refused to consider" his proposal.