Landmarks approves new building for Broadway and Thomas

The city’s Landmarks Commission approved architect Morris Adjmi’s plans for the old McDonald’s tax-payer on Broadway and Thomas, which will add a 20-story building with an entrance on Thomas attached to a 14-story building on the corner and preserve the five-story cast iron and marble structure at 315 Broadway, a city landmark since 2016.

The developer is United American Land, which also owns 319 Broadway across the street and 415 Broadway, the deco bank building on the southwest corner of Canal. (The Architects Newspaper covered the play-by-play on the two hearings at Landmarks.)

The new buildings will eventually house 76 residential units, and the restored 315 will have commercial loft spaces. The materials will be largely precast light grey terrazzo (love!) and painted aluminum, with grey brick for the lot line walls. The architects called it an “urban collage.” A reader commented that some of the units will be affordable; if the presentation is the final word on that formula, it looks like 23 of the 76 will be affordable as part of the city’s Voluntary Inclusionary Housing program, meaning they will be permanently set as rent stabilized at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, which for a family of three in the region for 2020 is $102,400.

You can see the entire proposal to Landmarks here.

This is how 315 was described in its landmark hearing:

The 315 Broadway Building is a palazzo-inspired store and loft of the type that once lined Broadway and shaped the streetscapes of pre-civil war New York. These “commercial palaces” were built in the 1850s-1860s throughout the wholesale dry goods district now known as Tribeca. The palazzo style had been popular in the 1830s-1850s among English cotton retailers, to whom it represented the architecture of Renaissance-era merchant princes and provided impressive exteriors for their businesses. The building was constructed as a speculative investment by the retired linen merchant Thomas Suffern in 1861. 315 Broadway has been leased by dozens of tenants since its construction, including the Hagstrom Company, Inc., a cartography and publishing firm that designed and printed the 1943-1956 New York City subway map, from 1948-1969.



  1. As usual, you have gotten your facts wrong. Landmarks approved a redesigned plan that is depicted in the attached Yimby article –

    • I’ve asked the architects several times since August for the drawings. No reply. These are the drawings from the CB1 presentation in July.

    • Reademan- . That was very rude.

    • Per one of the slides, this development is using the voluntarily inclusionary housing program. Meaning some of the units will be affordable. This should have been picked up in the article.

      • Good point. I just added details to the post. 23 units at 80 percent AMI. No word there on what agency will administer it.

  2. This will be a huge improvement for the area! That McDonalds is such a blight and the whole corner is a dump.