By Gregg McQueen
From bread rising to ground breaking.
Another building will ascend into the West Harlem skyscape.
The Taystee Building will feature 350,000-square-feet of space for organizations devoted to the life sciences, technology, nonprofits and the arts.
Developed by Janus Property Company, the 11-story building is being constructed on the long-abandoned site of the former Taystee bread bakery, which closed over 30 years ago.
It is part of the “Manhattanville Factory District” that Janus is creating from West 125th Street to West 128th Street, a multi-building effort that is completely transforming the neighborhood’s landscape.
The property was sold to Janus by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) after a citywide competition. Janus spent about $350 million to demolish the dilapidated former factory, and Empire State Development has offered up to $10 million in performance-based grants.
Although construction began last July and several stories of the building’s frame are already visible rising about West 126th Street, the developers hosted a celebratory “ground-breaking” ceremony on May 9 that drew city and state officials.