The site used to hold a 1927 tenement building, which was home to the Jesuit-run Nativity Mission School for 40 years. The middle school served boys from low-income families and closed in 2012 after graduating its final class of 16 students. The property was purchased by Charles Saulson that year for $4.5 million, The Lo-Down reported. Saulson also acquired a vacant lot next door at 206 Forsyth for $1.7 million, creating a 50-foot-wide parcel.
Permits filed in July 2013 and approved January 2014 call for a new 19,860-square-foot building at the site. Rising 80 feet tall, the development will have bicycle storage, a parking garage for two cars, cellar recreation space and full-floor apartments on the sixth and seventh floors. The seventh-floor apartment will have private rooftop space. Z Architecture is the architect of record.
The 86-year-old brick building at 204 Forsyth was completely torn down in February, Bowery Boogie reported. On-site construction says that the anticipated completion date is March 2015; for some reason, the project is labeled commercial:
In March, Douglas Elliman’s Fredrik Eklund intimated on Instagram that he would be marketing the new building. His words: “Here with interior designer Paris Forino in Meatpacking, discussing the finishes in my upcoming project 204 Forsyth. We are using a lot of rose gold accents, burnished copper metal glazed tiles, and rhino white marble from South Africa.”