In May, Fosun International Ltd. unveiled their plans for the overhaul of One Chase Manhattan Plaza, which has been going by 28 Liberty since the developer picked it up in December 2013. The plans included adding ground-floor retail sheathed in glassy wrap-around storefronts, a detail that was shot down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission that oversees changes to the individual landmark. On August 4, Skidmore Owings & Merrill's Roger Duffy appeared in front of the LPC to present the firm's revised plans, which YIMBY says ended up winning the approval of the commission in spades, with one LPC commissioner calling it a "masterful presentation."
In the new plan, SOM ditched the proposed glass storefronts underneath the plaza's parapet in favor of replacing the existing parapet entirelyit's not original to begin withwith one that's more similar to the parapet's initial design. The LPC commissioners also okayed the three subterranean floors of retail totaling more than 100,000 square feet, and okayed SOM's Apple Store-like glass box entrances on the condition that their proportions will be tweaked slightly before being signed off on. The firm also plans to add new accessible entrances, restore the lobby doors, and add new lighting, trees, and handrails to the plaza.
One Chase Manhattan Plaza was designed by SOM in 1964 and was designated as an individual landmark in 2009, after a 1993 lobby renovation and 2002 plaza renovation.
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