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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #1
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NEW YORK | 55 Broad St. | 229m | 750ft | 53 fl | Pro

Check Out This Early Design of a Bigger 55 Broad Street

A newly revealed early-stage rendering depicts what may be coming to 55 Broad Street. Despite prior reports that the existing 35-floor structure might be gaining floors rather than being razed before development, New York YIMBY's Nikolai Fedak is reporting that it appears 55 Broad Street will indeed be coming down. As of now, 55 Broad Street has development rights of 388,000-square-feet, and the massing plan makes use of that size by revealing a 53-story tower that's nearly 750 feet high. The developer is Rudin Management and the architect of record is FXFOWLE.

In mid-January, 55 Broad's abutting neighbor at 45 Broad Street was put on the market following stalled plans for a 62-story hotel backed by Robert De Niro. If Rudin takes the bait to combine the two properties, a potential tower on the site would possess air rights of 650,000 square feet, which would allow the tower to rise significantly higher, YIMBY points out.

Will this midcentury tower come down for a even larger building?

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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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How high can you go?

Revealed: 55 Broad Street

Several details regarding a potential tower at 55 Broad Street were discussed by Lois Weiss at the New York Post last month, and now YIMBY has the first vague renderings of the tower, courtesy of an anonymous tipper. Rudin Management is developing the site, and FX Fowle is the architect of record.


Concept for 45 Broad — existing 55 Broad to the right

While 55 Broad Street could rise over 50 stories as-is, the lot has additional potential, thanks to the failure of the initial plans for the Nobu Tower, at 45 Broad Street. The two sites could potentially be combined, and the resulting tower’s air rights would total approximately 650,000 square feet, and an assemblage of that size could rise significantly taller than the current plans.

The ‘supertall’ milestone has proven daunting for residential developers in Lower Manhattan, though several buildings will approach the mark; 30 Park Place, 22 Thames, 56 Leonard, and 101 Murray Street are all slated to stand between 800 and 1,000 feet tall. If the Rudins manage to acquire 45 Broad, 55 Broad Street could approach supertall status.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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Heres hoping he takes the bait! Would be great to see some considerable height in that part of town.
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If they would go for the original planned size, couldn't they add a couple of floors on top of the existing tower ?
I would prefer a brand new supertall though.
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Looking north, with 55 Broad on the right, and 45 Broad just past it (blue fence on the street). Broad street is unusual in that the street numbers are lower as you move north.

I worked at 50 Broad in the '90s. The area was a ghost town on the weekends and after 8 PM during the week. It's amazing how many buildings are being converted to residential or newly constructed as residential. The residential population of "downtown" (judged a few different ways by its northern demarcation) will probably reach 50,000 in a few years, up from 15,000 around 2000.

Looking south, showing 55 Broad and the empty plot of 45 Broad:

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Nice design! Looks like John Hancock Tower in Boston. (For the plot adjacent to the mid-century modern office tower)
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