Fetner Properties Closes On 270 West 96 Street On Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Development Marks First New Rental Project for Neighborhood in Many Years
Fetner Properties Closes On 270 West 96 Street On Manhattan's Upper West Side
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Fetner Properties announced the closing of 270 West 96 Street, a 23-story mixed use building, which will bring a total of 171 market-rate and affordable apartments to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, 83 of which will be micro units. The residential residences, designed by SLCE Architects, is the first new rental project in the neighborhood in many years.

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“This project is an excellent example of how public private partnerships can create much needed housing in Manhattan,” said Hal Fetner, president and CEO of Fetner Properties in a statement. “We are truly proud to have successfully taken 270 West 96 through the ULURP process despite challenges presented by the pandemic. We are eager to be bringing this building to the vibrant Upper West Side community.”

The City of New York sold 266 West 96 Street, a former power transformer substation, in exchange for the creation of affordable housing. Fetner Properties combined this site with two privately owned parcels purchased from the Salvation Army and the NAACP Roy Wilkins Center, Inc.

“The rare opportunity to create new rental homes in one of the most iconic neighborhoods in New York City has been a four-and-a-half-year journey of perseverance, challenging work and vision, all of which supported by a world-class team of professionals, colleagues and or course, our financial partners, added Damon Pazzaglini, Chief Operating Officer of Fetner Properties. “Our plan now becoming a reality, with construction beginning immediately.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Fetner Properties on the development of this new residential project in Manhattan. This will not only be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but will also help meet the demand for affordable housing in New York City,” said Jonah Belkin, Managing Director of Peakhill Equity Partners. Peakhill is a partner in the innovative project, as is another institutional investment firm attracted to 270 West 96th Street as part of their Social Impact Investor Program.

Located between West End Avenue and Broadway, 270 West 96 Street is one block north of the 96th Street subway station, which is serviced by the 1, 2, and 3 trains. Riverside Park, astride the Hudson River, is a block away and the lively neighborhood is filled with restaurants, schools and public amenities.

Fetner Properties is a dynamic player in an ever-changing multifamily market; a full-service, fully integrated real estate company specializing in developing, owning, and managing residential properties, with three new projects in the pipeline consisting of 800 units in Long Island City and Manhattan, Fetner is always on the forefront of the residential real estate industry. Fetner Properties has been creating communities in New York City since 1955, through three generations of family ownership.

Peakhill Equity Partners is a real estate investment platform focused on joint venture equity investments in ground-up and value-add real estate projects in the United States and Canada.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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