Real estate developer Naftali Group has purchased two five-story buildings at 1481-1489 Second Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) for $72.6 million, Commercial Observer reports.
The developer purchased the buildings from Sky Management, and this will be its fourth project on the Upper East Side; others include two super luxury condos on Madison Ave – The Benson (1045 Madison) and The Bellemont (1165 Madison), the latter of which made headlines when a buyer entered into a $66.5 million contract for a future 13,000 square foot quadruplex.
Naftali Group’s other UES development is 200 East 83rd Street, which Streeteasy shows prices currently ranging from $2,385,000 to $32,500,000.
The two low-rise buildings acquired in the developer’s recent purchase – both rentals with ground floor retail – were delivered vacant by previous owner Sky Management.
Commercial Observer reports that the properties “can house up to 152,000 buildable square feet, though Naftali could build up to 186,000 square feet if the developer decides to construct affordable housing as well.”
It isn’t clear what the future of the site will look like, but a spokesperson for Naftali Group said “… they are committed to developing a thoughtfully-designed building that will transform this prime corner and contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Upper East Side.”
I think they mean the ongoing destruction of the Upper East Side.