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Developer Plans 57-Story Tower at Formerly Contaminated West Side Site

By Maya Rajamani | August 15, 2017 4:50pm
 The vacant lot at 520 W. 41st St., between 10th and 11th avenues, where Silverstein plans to build.
The vacant lot at 520 W. 41st St., between 10th and 11th avenues, where Silverstein plans to build.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — A developer who secured an $8 million tax credit for cleaning up a contaminated lot on the West Side plans to build a 57-story tower at the site.

Silverstein Properties last week filed for permits to construct a mixed-use tower on the site of a former Mercedes dealership at 520 W. 41st St., between 10th and 11th avenues, city Department of Buildings records show.

In 2016, Silverstein received $8,028,106 in publicly funded tax credits through the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program for cleaning up the site, a state Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman said on Monday.

The program run by the DEC offers tax credits to developers that clean up toxic sites.

The fourth floor of the building will house a physical culture establishment like a gym or health club, pending Board of Standards and Appeals approval, and the site will include 72 parking spaces, the permit application notes.

The developer didn’t respond to a request for comment about more detailed plans for the project.

Silverstein has released a few different proposals for the site over the years, including an approximately 106-story tower that would have been one of the tallest in Manhattan, YIMBY reported.

Silverstein plans to build a second, commercial high-rise next to the 57-story tower, YIMBY reported.

Before the developer cleaned up the site, the “primary contaminants of concern” there were benzo(a)pyrene — a compound found in tobacco smoke — and lead in the soil, DEC records show.

Three reported spills have taken place at the site since 1996, “including diesel and hydraulic oil” spills, according to DEC records.