309 East 94th Street
Life Sciences Lab Coming to Upper East Side
A state-of-the-art life sciences laboratory will soon rise at 309 East 94th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side. To be constructed at the birthplace address of Yankee legend, Lou Gehrig, the facility will be known as "Iron Horse Labs", as a nod to the baseball great, whose nickname was "Iron Horse".
Developed by Elevate Research Properties, Nuveen Real Estate, and Flatiron Equities, the 9-story, Class-A facility, will stand feet tall and total square feet. It will boast double-height research and lab spaces, multiple loading bays, and outdoor terrace areas.
As a testament to Lou Gehrig, the building will also feature a restored memorial plaque in the lobby, which was originally unveiled by the Yankees in the 1990s. That being said, the decision to dedicate the lab to this baseball icon stems from a deeper reasoning than just an acknowledgment of his birthplace. Back in 1941, Gehrig died from ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) at the very young age of 37. A cure has still never been found for the disease, and to have a research facility constructed on the site of his birthplace, named in his honor, and designed to study human ailments such as the one that took his life, seems like an alignment of the stars and a very fitting tribute.
Designed by and to be constructed by JRM Construction, the Iron Horse Labs project entails a major renovation and an expansion of an existing, 5-story commercial building. A neighboring building has already been demolished, and with work now underway, the $325 million facility is expected to finish by 2025.