With the hoarding of air rights from Broadway theaters now complete, Boston Properties has come clean about its office building plans for Eighth Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets. Revealed today by the Post's Steve Cuozzo, 250 West 55th Street will be a 39-story tower with a glass curtain wall (right; click to expand), set back from a base that will include plenty of stores for retail-deprived Hell's Kitchen residents. The design is by Skidmore Owings & Merrill's Chris Cooper, and Boston?led by Mort Zuckerman?says tenants will be able to move in by January 2010. Those tenants are still a mystery, for now. The building is close to 1775 Broadway, currently suffering from a sad identity crisis brought on by a narsty bite from the glass bug. It will also be deliciously close to Norman Foster's new Hearst tower, creating some sort of Upper Hell office district. The lunch scene at Balsley Park just got a lot more crowded, sunlight-deprived office drones!
· Midtown Masterpiece [NYP]
· The Air Up There: More Development Rights For Sale [Curbed]