Trinity Church has scrapped plans to build a condo tower over its ministry office in lower Manhattan. The announcement marks the end of a pretty uneventful saga that included several rounds of conceptual rendering reveals and a design competition that pegged Pelli Clarke Pelli for the job. The church's new plan is to build out a community center topped by offices, a development more in keeping with its mission, TRD reports. "Considering our numerous ministries in Lower Manhattan and our close ties to the community, a flexible office component makes more sense," than a condo tower, the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer said in a statement gleaned by TRD.
If all goes according to plan, the new development at will stand 25 stories and be a 145,000 square foot building with 98,000 square feet, or 10 floors of community space that will include classrooms, a gym, a formal meeting room, and a cafe. The remainder of the space will give way to office space that's the "right size for smaller startup companies" Fred Clarke of Pelli Clarke Pelli said. The eponymous design firm will still work on the building, so that design competition was not for naught.
The development will replace the church's 90-year-old parish building, which stands across the street from the 170 year old Episcopal church. The church's move to shy away from a residential development seems a prudent decision, noting the downtick in the market owing to an abundance of uber-luxury apartments.