Midtown East will soon gain another high rise, as the Republic of Turkey has filed plans to replace its 11-story building with a 32-story tower. According to DNAInfo, representatives of Turkey reportedly filed permits to allow for demolition of 821 First Avenue and 342 East 46th Street, the current homes of several Turkish diplomats, to make way for the country's new New York consulate. Records indicate that the Republic has owned the property since 1976.
Renderings for the building from the project’s architect, Perkins Eastman, show a reflective crescent-shaped building towering over those immediately surrounding it. Located a mere block from United Nations Plaza, the building will serve as housing for various consulate and diplomatic staff and their families, while also functioning as the primary designation for visa and consular offices.
The project is expected to be completed in 2018.