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DOWNTOWN TOWER PLAN


May 23, 2006

THE Frank Gehry-designed project that Forest City Ratner is developing on the NYU Beekman Downtown Hospital parking lot is starting to shape up.

The tower's just-revealed 876-foot height will top off as the tallest City Hall area structure - yes, taller than the nearby venerable 792-foot Woolworth Building. Nevertheless, despite earlier reports, it will be shorter than all the new buildings at ground zero.

It will be taller, however, than the 740-foot Goldman Sachs headquarters being designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners at the World Financial Center in Battery Park City.

Plans just refiled with the Dept. of Buildings call for a 75-story building with residences above a new public school whose funding has been in doubt.

The 1.147-million foot project is being built in the middle of the block bounded on three sides by Nassau, Beekman, Spruce and Gold Streets. For all you development junkies out there, you can follow its progress on the DOB Web site with an 8 Spruce St. address.

The most intriguing nugget is a triplex unit at the top that will become one of the highest residences in the city. While it will share part of the 72nd floor with two other units, it will encompass the entire 73rd and 74th floors as well.

You can be sure its eventual price and occupant - Bruce Ratner or not - will end up being widely reported in the coming years.

These residences will all have unobstructed views of City Hall - and should we dare to say it - likely cast shadows on the park during a brief portion of some days.

Along with lobbies for each use, the first four floors host a school cafeteria, classrooms, a gymnasium and a library.

Medical offices for the hospital next door take up the fifth floor. The sixth is reserved for mechanicals such as the elevators. But above it is a pool on a building setback on the seventh floor, along with two community rooms for 150 people each.

The midsection includes what will likely be smaller luxury rental apartments - between 17 to19 units per floor.

Starting at the 37th floor, the sprawling condos take over with eight per floor. At the 44th floor, the count changes to four apartments, plus a gym and community room - which does not really mean open to anyone but the condo community. There are five units per floor from the 49th through 70th floors, three on 71 and then two plus the bottom of that triplex on 72.

Although no renderings have been released, it is likely that the top will taper gradually and that, unlike the uptown Trump World Tower, the upper floors won't be the same size as the lower ones.

Gehry's spirited and wavy designs are slowly taking shape as buildable ones for Forest City's other huge project in Brooklyn for the Nets and Atlantic Yards.

A Forest City spokesperson was unaware of the details and had no comment.


Copyright 2006 NYP Holdings, Inc.
 

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A great and dynamic tower, perhaps a sign of the revival of Lower Manhattan?
 

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This looks fantastic! this along with the 3 1,000 footers of the WTC redevelopment aswell as the freedom tower, and another couple of towers over 500ft. Lower Manhattan is going to look even more stunning in a few years.
 

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Extremely ugly, maybe just isnt my type.
 

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Aqua (proposed) in Chicago has the same kind of architecture but looks much much better. I hope this looks a lot better from the ground than these aerials...
 

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ewww....thats just retarded looking. But i will admit, for a Gehry..its a pretty good looking structure. Better looking then i anticipated.

Now the Aqua in Chicago...that is a sexy building.
 

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I hate this so much more than I thought I would. I was excited for gehry cause I like him, not love him, but i like him. then Miss Brooklyn the latest version came out. And i puked a little bit. Made me wary for this project and now i'm looking at a 800 foot metallic turd. Thanks for nothing.
 

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But putting my high hope is that most Gehry works always come out better than the renders and models.
 

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I think it will bring some revival into that area by being a counterweight to the beautiful old art deco towers, and the strict lines of the more modern towers. I only wish they wouldn't give it a flat roof.
 

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@Raptor

How can you love that? What exactly do you love about it?

I think it's miserable. A prominent location w/that kind of money thrown at it and all we get is some misplaced goofy bldg? Give me a f*ckin break! Ground zero has been enough of a circus. I hope they would refine the design of this garbage.
 
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