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New loft development combines past and future.

A new condominium development at 132 Perry Street in the West Village section of Manhattan is combining the historic character of typical New York City lofts with features and amenities more suited to the new millennium, according to Lee Harris Pomeroy, the architect for the project.

Pomeroy joined forces with developers Dr. Axel Stawski, Esther Lisker and Anthony Leichter in the project, which is scheduled for completion this fall.

In keeping with the industrial origins of loft apartments, this new residential development is taking place on the site of the old Cooper Classics Garage, once renowned for its restoration of vintage motor vehicles.

"But that's where the similarities end," says Pomeroy. "The Perry Street project is a brand new development, and luxury is the defining characteristic. The new 11-story structure combines the spaciousness of a downtown industrial loft with the luxurious amenities of an uptown white-glove doorman building-without the stuffiness."

The new condominium units in the tower rise above an historic base, which will be converted into commercial space. The living quarters average approximately 3,500 square feet. Apartments feature large open spaces with high ceilings, big windows, flues for fireplaces, and ornate French doors leading to individual terraces. At the penthouse level, skylit factory-style duplex lofts also open onto terraces.

"These light, open interiors provide an ultimate blank canvas, giving owners tremendous flexibility to express their individual taste," says Pomeroy.

The new lofts combine openness with security and comfort. A gated building entrance, protected by two-way video security, leads to elevators opening directly into the residences. Individual air-conditioning systems in each apartment allow total temperature control. And each apartment is equipped with high-speed Internet access, which Pomeroy says is "a sure sign these are lofts of a new generation."

The building's exterior is designed in the spirit of the great traditional New York loft buildings of the historic West Village. The structure is divided into a solid base of red brick, and a tall center section of salmon-colored brick, with distinctive glass walls at the top of the building.

"Loft living used to have a certain carefree, bohemian quality," says Pomeroy. "New York City lofts were typically converted industrial spaces - makeshift homes for artists, writers and other creative souls. But in today's prosperous times, all that is changing. Today's lofts are still large and airy spaces, but built in a style more reminiscent of uptown living."
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Mar 1, 2000
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