As the Lower Lower East Side continues to see additional proposals for new supertall towers, the neighborhood’s first legitimate skyscraper is approaching its topping-out, per the latest from Tectonic. Extell’s tower at 252 South Street, aka One Manhattan Square, is about ten floors away from its uppermost 72nd floor, which will stand 850 feet above the streets down below.
The tower is being designed by Adamson Associates, and will hold 815 condominiums, becoming one of the largest condo projects in New York City upon completion. The site also includes a substantially smaller building next-door to 252 South Street, which stands 13 floors and will have 205 affordable rentals.
While 252 South Street’s envelope is absolutely massive, with substantial bulk to boot, the last few floors of the tower should make it appear somewhat more slender than it does at the moment. The eventual addition of neighbors like 247 Cherry Street are likely to complement the tower’s appearance further, similar to what 111 West 57th Street and 217 West 57th Street will do for 432 Park Avenue on the Midtown skyline.
Completion of the tower is expected by 2019, but topping-out is likely within the next two or three months.