For the second time in 2018, YIMBY has a new look for Five World Trade Center. The latest rendering was found by a reader on the project’s fencing in the Financial District. The image shows a glassy building with a triangular motif reminiscent of the David Childs-designed 1 WTC. The depiction is roughly 70 stories in height, which could indicate yet another supertall is planned for the area.
Incredibly, the future for this potentially lucrative site seems bleak. The Port Authority is not known for its momentum, and according to an individual within the Port Authority, “there are no building plans for a Tower 5 at this point.” This falls in line with a Reuters report from 2012, which stated that the organization has considered selling the site, given a fruitless search for anchor tenants.
The glassy design could prove similar to the other Silverstein-developed edifices around the memorial, but the firm gave control of 5 WTC to the Port Authority as per a 2006 redevelopment agreement.
This new rendering comes after YIMBY uncovered now-defunct plans showing a Chinese developer’s concept for a mixed-use supertall at the site, back in March.
Site 5 is the only plot within the WTC complex that allows residential or hotel use. The most recent moribund proposal by Wanda Group featured a design by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Construction would have added 1.4 million square feet to lower Manhattan, including 240 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of retail, and 850,000 square feet for condominiums on the higher floors.