Upper East Side development 155 East 79th Street, designed by BKSK Architects, broke ground yesterday.
The slender Anbau Enterprises project has just seven units — all duplexes — spread over 14 stories, according to the plan exam application filed March 15th. The 34,583-square-foot building, located between Lexington and Third avenues, will also have a gym.
BKSK posted a photo of the groundbreaking on the company’s Facebook page.
The developer acquired the development site in December 2012 for $17.25 million, according to public records.
The existing building on the lot was a white one-story structure, formerly a Schrafft’s eatery branch, according to Lost City. Since 1979, an antique shop named Elliott Galleries has occupied the space.
Here’s a photo of the site at the time of the sale:
Photo: Massey Knakal
A demolition permit was filed in April, the old Schrafft’s building came down and Elliott Galleries jumped to Brooklyn. And here we are.
East 79th Street is positively festooned with new apartments, by the way; Anbau’s development will be located between The Brodsky Organization’s 135 East 79th, designed by William Sofield, and Skyline Developers’ 200 East 79th, designed by CetraRuddy.