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Permits filed for new life science building

Permits have been filed for the third and final stage of the Alexandria Center for Life Science campus just south of Bellevue Hospital in Kips Bay.

New York Health + Hospitals filed permits last Friday for a 21-story building on East 30th Street between First Avenue and the FDR.

Health + Hospitals filed the application as the owner of the land which us leased to Alexandria Real Estate.

The permits filed with the Department of Buildings on January 10 indicate that the proposed development is expected to be 384 ft. tall and 587,137 s/f, with 417,734 s/f allocated for commercial space.

A representative from the city’s Economic Development Corporation confirmed that the building will be the North Tower of the current Alexandria campus and although the application was filed for 500 East 30th Street, the building will most likely have an odd-numbered address on East 29th Street.

EDC also noted that all of the commercial space will be wet-lab capable and there will be a small retail component on the ground level facing south.

Representatives from Alexandria Real Estate presented plans for the new building to Community Board 6 in October 2019, indicating that the North Tower was the third stage of development for the life sciences facility that was approved by the city in 2004. The East Tower was completed in 2010 and the West Tower was completed in 2013. Nickolas Zigomanis of Adamson Associates is listed at the lead architect on the project.

The Alexandria Center is the City’s first collaborative campus for life sciences research and development and commercialization.

Construction of the North Tower will complete the campus, which currently comprises the East and West Towers, resulting in nearly 1.3 million square feet of commercial laboratory facilities, pre-built space for emerging companies, flexible office space, and amenities for life science research and development tenants.

The new facility is expected to foster collaborations among world-class academic and commercial institutions, provide commercial laboratory and office space for growth-stage life science companies, and include more than 1,466 jobs.

Located at 29th Street and 1st Avenue, the Alexandria Center currently offers more than 728,000 s/f of commercial laboratories, office space, a restaurant, café, conference center, gym, an urban farm, and underground parking.

Over 50 tenants occupy space in both facilities, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Cellectis in the West Tower.

Tenants in the East Tower include Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation, NYU Langone, and Kadmon.

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