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May. 30, 2014

NYC’s First Modular Multi-Story Property Opens to Renters

By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer

New York—With Douglas Elliman Development Marketing launching leasing for The Stack, Manhattan’s first modular residential building has hit the rental market. The seven-story prefabricated steel-and-concrete development, at 4857 Broadway in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, offers 28 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The Stack was developed by Jeffrey Brown and Kimberly Frank, and was designed by GLUCK+.

Creating New York’s first multi-story modular apartment building was not without challenges. They included, but were not limited to, generating a thoughtful design, finding a capable manufacturer, teaming with a creative lender, negotiating with an adjacent lot owner, and surviving the city approval process.

“We are very pleased to have persevered and even more pleased to have produced this result,” Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, LLC, tells MHN.

Approximately 38,000 square feet in size, the building was fabricated off-site by DeLuxe Building Systems in Pennsylvania. It was then shipped to Manhattan as 56 individual and separate modules. Foundations and concrete first floor were constructed at the job site in conventional fashion.

The construction team erected the building and completed the mechanical system connections, creating a seamless interior finish. The concluding step involved installing the exterior façade.

Residences at The Stack feature high-performance aluminum windows and resident-controlled heat and air conditioning. Highly stylized kitchens serve up solid surface Corian countertops, under-mount stainless steel sinks, maple kitchen cabinets and GE stainless steel appliances.

In the bathrooms, features include mosaic bathroom tiles, contemporary bathroom vanities and WaterSense fixtures. Flooring choices include integrally colored concrete floors or traditional and environmentally friendly wood flooring.

Select units include private outdoor space and washer/dryers.

Building amenities in the smoke-free property include a virtual doorman, private storage, bicycle storage, on-site laundry room and common outdoor landscaped terrace. Leasing has begun this month, with expected first occupancies in June.

“Inwood remains one of the last undiscovered neighborhoods in Manhattan, a hidden gem,” says Douglas Elliman Development Marketing Executive Vice President Clifford Finn. “The Stack is modern in its modular approach, and speaks to an audience that appreciates its innovative design. We expect to have tremendous interest among renters with this property.”

“This project exemplifies the opportunity to create an exciting design for living, while enjoying the benefits and efficiencies of controlled, off-site fabrication,” according to Brown and Frank. “As builders and developers, we are intrigued with this methodology and its application on a multitude of new projects. And while the construction is innovative, the completed building provides a well-designed, efficiently-built, modern structure incorporating 28 beautiful, comfortable, light-filled homes.”

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