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Final Demolition Permits Filed at 225 West 57th

Demolition permits have been filed for the last remaining building on Extell’s site at 225 West 57th Street, which currently contains a Morton Williams supermarket at the base. As a new Morton Williams opens up just a few blocks east, demolition should proceed once the store vacates to its new location.

The site is the future home of Nordstrom’s flagship store in New York, which will be occupying the base of an enormous skyscraper. The entire development’s square footage will be roughly 1.3 million, with the Nordstrom occupying almost 300,000 out of the total.

Ideas floated about the tower above the retail have included a mixed-use building with office, hotel, and residential. The building’s design contest is now over, but Extell has not released the winner just yet.

Nordstrom was very particular in what they required for the space, so the tower’s base is certain to be stunning regardless of the winner. Each floor will have ceilings of at least 25 feet. With seven floors in total, this will be the tallest Nordstrom in the country.

Once the remaining property is demolished, Extell could begin excavation of the site. Reports indicate Nordstrom wants to open by 2018, which is only five years away, and early 2013 has been mentioned as a potential start date.

NY Skyline in 2020? 225 West 57th on right (spec) by sbarn on skyscraperpage, original image from mattron on Flickr

If 432 Park is any indication of the ambition in New York–it’ll only have 500,000 square feet–perhaps 225 West 57th could even vie for the tallest in the country. Even 432 Park only falls 50 feet short of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears) in Chicago.

2 Comments on "Final Demolition Permits Filed at 225 West 57th"

  1. Ambition in New York was like what Chicago was like in the 1970s or what Hong Kong was during the 1980s or what Dubai was during the 1990s. Let’s sit back and reflect New York’s desire to be the principal metropolis of planet Earth. With the re-emergence of the New World Trade Center and Memorial; New York will construct 8 Spruce Street / New York by Ghery, ONE57, Torre Verre, 432 Park Avenue, 250 East 57th Street, 56 Leonard Street, 99 Church Street, Nordstrom Tower, Manhattan East, GiraSole, 34th and 10th Avenue, Grand Central Tower, The Hudson Yards and that’s what we currently know. What’s more is New York City has the Downtown skyline, the Midtown skyline, but no uptown skyline? By 2030 or so The uptown skyline should compete with the other two in Manhattan alone.

  2. That would be fantastic, but somewhat unlikely! Thanks for all the comments by the way, hope you enjoy the site. :)

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