The epic saga of Jean Nouvel's planned tower on West 53rd Street next to the Museum of Modern Art has been on pause, despite finally getting City Council approval for a shortened 1,050-foot version in late 2009. But it wouldn't be an epic saga without a moment when all seemed lost, only for the project to make a comeback. And here it is! The Observer reports that developer Hines filed new plans for Tower Verre?plans that don't require public approval?with the Department of City Planning two weeks ago. The plans conform to the City Council-required modifications: the reduced height of 1,050 feet, compared to the original plan of 1,250', and various restrictions on the building loading dock and the MoMA sculpture garden fence. We don't know whether the design itself will be different from the previous incarnation, but new renderings should come soon. (Any other intel in the meantime? Tipline operators are standing by.) And cue the neighborhood backlash?now.
· Mo' MA: Museum's Inspired, Insipid Tower Returns [NYO]
· MoMA Tower coverage [Curbed]