The first renderings have appeared online for Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s planned 925,630-square-foot supertall at 343 Madison Avenue in Midtown East. While the full presentation from early September has yet to be posted online in spite of the city’s allegedly transparent public hearing process, YIMBY Forumer rgarri has created our own look at the tower and its future position on the Midtown skyline among other supertalls also in the planning stages.
The supertall is planned to rise in place of the former Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters. YIMBY reported in July that Boston Properties is developing the 1,050-foot-tall project, which will yield 832,613 square feet of Class A office space above 5,357 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Mechanicals will occupy 84,593 square feet.
The rendering gives us minimal details as to the design, but it’s clearly a blockier massing. The core is exposed on one side, and there are several staggered setbacks.
The development site has frontage along Madison Avenue and both East 44th and 45th Streets. The office tower will fit in with the surrounding commercial high-rises consisting of hotels and office space near Grand Central Terminal. According to a drafted Environmental Impact Statement released this summer, the building will also offer pedestrian access to Grand Central Terminal and the LIRR East Side Access concourse, currently in the works.
Excavation for 343 Madison Avenue is expected to begin in 2022, with construction complete by 2026. Demolition is supposed to begin this month, but no announcements have been made as to whether the timeline has changed.