On the top left up there is the first proposal for a new-look Battery Maritime Building, a long-planned $110 million makeover that would include a gourmet food market, 135-room hotel and a rooftop restaurant in the landmark building down on the southern tip of Manhattan. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your love/hate relationship with glass), the Landmarks Preservation Commission wasn't feeling the Rogers Marvel Architects design, so it was sent back to the drawing board. Today, the Downtown Express reveals the second try. The rooftop addition has been pushed back nine feet from the waterfront, and four historic cupolas have been restored. Are these changes enough to push the plan through? Maybe. Community Board 1 approved the design despite serious concerns about the addition, and next it'll be on to the LPC for a vote. No hearing date is scheduled yet, so opponents have plenty of time to sharpen the pickaxes.
· Battery design adds historic tops; wins some support [Downtown Express]
· Hey Battery Maritime Bldg: LPC is Just Not That Into You [Curbed]
· Battery Maritime Building Renovation Revealed [Curbed]