Last we checked in on High Line neighbor 510 West 22nd Street, Jay-Z was still recovering from his attempt to build a hotel on the property. Jay has since moved on to other projects, and the old Time Warner Cable garage has attracted a new group of developers. The Post reports that the Albanese Organization plans to build a 10-story concrete office tower designed by Cook + Fox Architects. Previous designs had showed a 9-story steel building. The 170,000-square-foot building will have terraces on the first, second, seventh, eight, and tenth floors, and there will be facade cutbacks "meant to evoke the days when trains passed through High Line factories." Ceiling heights will average 10 feet, floor plates will range in size from 5,500 to 19,600 square feet, and column-free windows will allow for lovely views of everyone's favorite elevated park.
Unlike most office buildings, the windows will be operable, which the architects decided to do because of the proximity to the High Line. Eco-friendly features like sun shades will be incorporated. Now all the project needs is a tenant to commit to at least 30,000-square-feet of space, and Albanese can get its $90 million construction loan. The whole building is estimated to cost $150 million.
· New Look for High Line Tower [NYP]
· 510 West 22nd Street [Curbed]
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