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Controversial 1 Vanderbilt tower gets one stop closer to approval

By Joe Anuta on March 30, 2015

A plan to allow for dramatically larger office towers to the west of Grand Central Terminal—including a 1,400-foot-tall commercial building proposed by SL Green Realty Corp.—was approved by the city Monday. It will now move to the City Council, where members are expected to push back on elements of the developer’s proposal for a 64-story tower.

The City Planning Commission approved a series of permits and changes to the zoning code that would create a five-block special district to the west of the transit hub, in the hopes of spurring new office projects there by allowing developers to build bigger in exchange for buying air rights from landmarked properties or making pedestrian or transit improvements.

The commission also made slight modifications to SL Green’s proposal for an office tower known as 1 Vanderbilt, which is being considered along with the larger district. Among the changes are improving access to retail at the base of the building and providing amenities to commuters. SL Green is seeking to push its tower beyond the underlying zoning by both buying air rights and pledging to pour an estimated $210 million of improvements into Grand Central Terminal.

“The improvements must be undertaken at the developer’s risk and must be completed before any bonus space is occupied in order to assure that the public benefits are achieved,” Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod said in a statement.

City Councilman Daniel Garodnick, who represents the area, said that lawmakers will examine whether the promised upgrades are a fair trade for nearly 535,644 square feet of extra development rights going to SL Green.

“The question here will be whether the improvements that are being proposed should entitle the (extra) density that is being sought,” Mr. Garodnick said. “And we are going to take a hard look at that, and whether they should be doing more.”




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The building on 43rd that housed Annie Moore’s is gone.


Article from curbed. Did I miss a height change? I thought it was always 1400’ or around there…

One Vanderbilt Will Soon Rise 1,400 Feet Over Midtown East

“The Real Deal reports that SL Green filed its plans for the approximately 1,400-foot-tall tower (a change from the previously reported 1,500-foot height), which will have around 1 million square feet spread out over 67 stories.”

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No height change. They’re talking about the top of the actual building, which peaks around 1,415’. The spire adds another 100’, but that’s not referenced in the height figures.

Yup, I think the media is basing the height off of DOB applications, which measure to the highest occupied floor and sometimes the actual roof (which seems to be the case here).


Architect: KPF Client: SL Green Realty Corporation
Site: 42th Street, New York City
Status: Under Construction
Program: Office, Retail, Supertall
Height: 457 M Size: 1,700,000 sqft, 158.000 sqm
Leed: GOLD



That picture looking down on the city from the top of One Vanderbilt is awesome! I love these renderings.


Extra Rendering:

432 looks tiny in comparison.

New Wallpaper I suppose. :blush:

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Great find,Chris!

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Amazing! This is one of my favorite projects. Can’t wait until this goes vertical! Looking forward to Millstein’s planned tower next door.

I agree, and I was thinking the same thing about Milstein.

^^ Cheers!



I love this tower!

^ same here.


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This is the Age of Ramses, lads!