The building housing the 6 Hotel in Columbus Circle hit the market in December, and marketing materials uncovered by YIMBY show one of Cushman & Wakefield's proposals for the site, which they call a "truly unique development opportunity": a 700-foot mixed-use building that would have retail and commercial space, along with apartments.
The renderings pictured here are, of course, simply being used for marketing, so there's a very real chance that a tower wouldn't actually materialize. But Cushman seems to be pushing the idea of a skyscraper pretty hard: it notes that the property has 63,510 square feet of buildable space, with 19,030 of that being devoted to "additional air rights." The pamphlet continues, "The lack of both landmarks designation and height restriction along Columbus Circle paves the way for the construction of an iconic mixed-use tower that will offer breathtaking views of Central Park." (Whether the design they've come up with, shown above, is "iconic" is up for debate.)
According to the pamphlet, there could be room for about 18,000 square feet of retail (which could go over six floors), along with 53,000 square feet of residential, which would apparently "offer residents sweeping views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Manhattan." And though it's not technically on what's known as Billionaires' Row, C&W clearly seem to be banking on the success of other tall towers in the area—One57, 111 West 57th Street, 220 Central Park South, et. al.—to generate interest. But does the neighborhood need another skyscraper? We'll leave that up for debate in the comments.
· Vision: A 700-Foot-Tall Tower For 6 Columbus Circle? [YIMBY]
· 6 Columbus Circle Hotel Site Hits the Market, Expected to Fetch $88.9M [Commercial Observer]