The squat, million-square foot office block at 100 Church Street was once called the least-occupied building in New York City, but no longer. SL Green, a creditor in the ailing building, picked it up at an auction in 2009, and since then upgraded the structure and filled its half million-square feet of empty space. The Emery Roth & Sons-designed building is now filled with new tenants in finance, insurance, and media, and the City of New York, whose Law Department has its main office at 100 Church, even upped its take to more than half the building.
And pretty soon, the building just north of the World Trade Center could have a four-story rooftop restaurant, bar, and lounge to go along with its tenants, if a permit application submitted last week pans out.
The filing, by Ismael Leyva on behalf of SL Green, calls for building three small but tall additional floors atop the 20-story building. The floors would add just around 19,000 square feet of space to the already 890,000-square foot (net) building, but its total height would rise from 217 feet to 260 feet.
In addition to the three new stories – labeled “bar/lounge with outdoor seating” on the Schedule A filing – offices, dining rooms, and mechanical space on the 20th floor would be turned into just a restaurant and mechanical space.
SL Green did not return YIMBY’s request for comment.
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