Demolition underway on Omotesando public housing complex

Demolition of the old Aoyama Kitamachi Apaato housing complex in Omotesando is underway. Asbestos removal from four buildings is currently being carried out. Asbestos sheeting and spray-on insulation was used in some of the buildings’ rooftop waterproofing, plumbing insulation, and chimneys.

The city-owned public housing estate will soon be replaced with high-rise residential, aged care facilities and retail space.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has chosen six developers to partake in the project, including Tokyo Tatemono, Mitsui Fudosan, Kajima Corporation and Maeda Corporation.

The first stage of the redevelopment will include a 90 meter tall, 25-story rental-only apartment building containing 232 units, as well as 49 aged-care apartments. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2018 with completion by May 2020.

An adjoining 8,000 sqm parcel of land will be leased under a 70-year fixed term to a private developer for the construction of an additional apartment building, but further details have yet to be decided.

The northern end of the site will be developed several years from now. It is likely to be a commercial building. Discussions are underway with landowners fronting onto Aoyama Street, with plans to possibly amalgamate the site. This would result in much larger building size allowances due to the wide street frontage. One of the street-side landowners is the Urban Renaissance Agency-owned Aoyama Daiichi Building which is 54 years old and includes 261 apartments.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government News Release, January 31, 2017.
Kentsu Shimbun, February 1, 2017.

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