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NY Blood Center begins $16M renovation.

The New York Blood Center has begun a $16 million renovation of a former warehouse in Tribeca under guidelines promulgated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The Blood Center purchased the 177,000 square-foot 10-story brick building at 22 Ericsson Place in January for $6.6 million. The warehouse was formally used for cold storage and is ideally located near the Holland Tunnel, said attorney Mark A. Levine, of the law firm Sive, Paget & Reisel, which shepherded the project through design approvals.

Levine said the Blood Center did not need or seek tax incentives as it will apply for the entire property to be tax exempt under its not-for-profit status.

After completion in 1994, the new Blood Center Services will become the most technologically advanced facility in the world, housing blood collection and donor service operations as well as distribution and recruitment functions. Approximately 600 people will work at the site including lab technicians. The new facility will consolidate functions located at 150 Amsterdam Avenue and the Center's East 67 Street headquarters and enable that site to expand the programs of the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute.

Richard L. Sewell Project Management will oversee renovation with Lehr Associates as construction manager. Haines Lundberg Waehler are architects of record, while Ray H. Dovell of Platt & Byard led the design effort.

"We were heard and approved on the same day," said Levine. "The architects did a spectacular job on it.

Levine said the project is the first to be approved using the new Tribeca West Historic District draft guidelines.

"The commission was prepared to work quickly and we were prepared by ;he guidelines," he added. "We were heard and approved the same day."

Designed in 1905 by William Birkmire, the existing building did not have windows and renovation will include the installation of windows and other facade work for which approval was needed. The unanimous approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission demonstrates that historic designation need not delay projects, Levine said.
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Title Annotation:New York Blood Center embarks on $16 million warehouse renovation project in New York, New York
Author:Weiss, Lois
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 9, 1992
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