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Sixth Avenue Rental Tower Ditches Hotel, Adds Offices

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It's been more than a year since we heard anything about Durst Fetner's planned tower at 855 Sixth Avenue, and now the Real Deal brings an update. Unsurprisingly, plans have once again changed. Instead of a 56-story building with a hotel and rentals, there will now be a 43-story building with offices, retail, and rentals. There's also been an architect swap: COOKFOX has replaced Pelli Clarke Pelli, which means we will likely see an ecotastic structure.

The site, currently vacant, stretches the length of the block, from 30th to 31st Streets, and a spokesperson for Durst Fetner said they have "maxed out the residential portion of the building to take advantage of the area's surging rental market." There will be 382 apartments on floors 8 through 40, and rents will be "very aggressive." Previously, that meant 1BRs will average around $4,500/month and 2BRs around $6,500/month. The lower level, ground floor, and part of the second floor will have 30,000-square-feet of retail, and the rest of the space on floors two through six will have 119,000-square-feet of office space.

COOKFOX is known for incorporating outdoor space into their buildings, and it seems that 855 Sixth Avenue will be no different. There will be a roof garden on the sixth floor, a communal roof terrace on the 41st floor. Other amenities include a health club with a pool, lounges, media room, children's play room, bike storage, and party rooms.

We've reached out to the architects in hopes of obtaining a rendering, so we'll update if we hear back.
· Durst Fetner Changes Course at Herald Square Tower [TRD]
· 855 Sixth Avenue coverage [Curbed]