There are only a few locations outside of Midtown and the Financial District that support supertall (or near supertall) development. The newest such location is the far Lower East Side, where Extell’s 252 South Street, also known as One Manhattan Square, is now rising. While several renderings of the project have been revealed, YIMBY now has a full video of the soon-to-be skyscraper and its impact on the Manhattan skyline, posted on the YIMBY Forums and also on Curbed.
The building will stand 72 floors and 847 feet to its roof, making it the tallest between the Financial District and Midtown by a long shot, surpassing both 56 Leonard (821′) and 45 East 22nd Street (777′) in the process. Unfortunately for 252 South Street, JDS is planning an even taller tower next door, which is conveniently left out of the video.
Even without its future next-door-neighbor, Extell’s tower will be sufficiently bulky and tall enough to alter the skyline in a major way. With the surrounding blocks dominated by tower-in-the-park style developments, the nearest existing skyscrapers are a fair distance away, which will give 252 South Street prominence that is very rare among new buildings in Manhattan.
The project is rising in two components, the smaller of which will stand thirteen floors and include 205 affordable apartments. The larger building will hold 815 condominiums, divided between one, two, and three-bedroom configurations. There will also be a supermarket in the base.
Completion is expected by 2019.