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there technically isn't a solid proposal here yet, but something is obviously happening. A tall new skyscraper is likely.

NY Daily News: New Times Square mega tower one step closer to becoming reality

Developer to the 1% Gary Barnett is one step closer to bringing another monolithic tower to Midtown.
His company, Extell Development, has closed on the purchase of a 52,000-square-foot parking facility at 251 W. 45th St. for $45.78 million, according to public records. The garage can be razed and combined with an adjacent empty lot already owned by Extell to make way for a skyline altering building.
Experts said the Times Square tower could be Barnett’s tallest yet and would most likely be a hotel, despite Barnett’s tendency towards building luxurious condos.
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He acquired a key part of the site last year in an unconventional property swap deal with real estate giant the Related Companies, which swapped it for another piece of land in the Hudson Yards area on the west side.
Since then, Barnett has been hungrily buying up air rights from theaters in the neighborhood in order to make his tower even taller.
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a hard rock hotel might come to this site. News to come tomorrow.

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/articl...-manhattan-site-may-be-home-to-the-northeasts

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Barnett has assembled several parcels on the west side of Eighth Avenue between West 45th and West 46th streets, including a garage he purchased last summer for nearly $46 million, to create a development site that can accommodate a soaring tower.

Hard Rock plans to announce Monday the location of what the firm says will be its first hotel in the Northeast U.S., in a partnership with Barnett. Hard Rock, owned by the American Indian Seminole Tribe in Florida, operates a successful restaurant in Times Square.

Neither Barnett nor a spokesperson for Hard Rock would comment on the location, which the company plans to unveil Monday.

Barnett owns other properties in the area, including a development site at 1710 Broadway at the north end of Times Square that can accommodate a super-tall skyscraper and is also a potential location for the Hard Rock. Sources said Hard Rock had been looking to secure a location in Times Square for several years and had previously considered a development site on the north side of West 42nd Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, that is currently a parking lot.
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We still don't know what is planned here other than an almost certain supertall, but I neglected to post this outdated massing of a 900k sqft tower which was used to advertise the site when it was owned by Boston Properties. Extell has been gobbling up more air rights for this project since they acquired the site.

 

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We still don't know what is planned here other than an almost certain supertall, but I neglected to post this outdated massing of a 900k sqft tower which was used to advertise the site when it was owned by Boston Properties. Extell has been gobbling up more air rights for this project since they acquired the site.
More air rights only. Didn't they also knock down a few more of those low rise buildings on the corner?

If so, it might not get taller. Just wider, fronting the entire width of the block.
 

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Permits have been filed for a ten-story commercial building at 264 West 46th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. The lot also addressed as 740 Eighth Avenue, is located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and West 46th Street, and has been speculated to be the site of a supertall.
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The proposed 164-foot-tall development will likely be the podium for a future supertall, yielding 303,365 square feet, with 194,552 square feet designated for commercial space. The steel-based structure will also have a cellar, two sub-cellars, and two penthouses. Additional permits are expected to be filed.
 
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