An Environmental Assessment Statement for 109 East 42nd Street in Midtown East reveals details for the proposed Project Commodore, a 1,646-foot-tall skyscraper on the site currently occupied by Grand Hyatt New York. Developed under the Commodore Owner LLC by RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone, the mixed-use supertall is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Components include 2,108,820 square feet of office space, a smaller 500-room Grand Hyatt hotel, approximately 10,000 square feet open-air publicly accessible space, and 43,370 square feet of retail including some controlled by the MTA on the cellar, ground, and second floors.
Sitting directly east of Grand Central Terminal in the center of the Midtown East rezoning initiative, the 89-story building will yield a total of 2,976,740 square feet.
The ground floor would contain the hotel lobby and office lobby, a reconstructed Lexington Passage with MTA retail, 6,350 square feet of transit hall space, and approximately 2,400 square feet of additional area for subway entries off 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. The hotel lobby would have frontage on Lexington Avenue, with the office lobby accessed from East 42nd Street. An office lobby and open-air publicly accessible space occupy the second floor with frontage on Lexington Avenue. Office space is planned to be located on floors 7-63, and the hotel on floors 65-83.
The project will also bring improvements to the Grand Central Terminal and the Grand Central-42nd Street subway, including a redesigned and expanded subway entrance at East 42nd Street with natural light. Turnstiles would be relocated to street level and a new staircase would be added to redistribute traffic through the mezzanine level. A new transit hall containing retail, information screens and booths, as well as connections to the Terminal would be constructed at the ground floor level on the western side of the development site. The eastern side of the transit hall would consist of retail stores and overall the transit hall would work with the existing 42nd Street Passage to increase pedestrian throughput.
To increase sidewalk widths, stairs to the mezzanine level of the subway station located near the northwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street would be relocated further north. Also part of this reconstruction is a subway entrance with an ADA elevator built designed to introduce light and aire to the mezzanine level. The Lexington Passage entrance would be redesigned with higher ceiling heights to improve the pedestrian experience and the passage would include retail on both sides of the corridor as well as access to the Grand Central Market. Also noteworthy is a new Short Loop connection that would provide direct access from
Metro-North’s lower platform level to to the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, and 6 subway mezzanine level. A similar connection with stairs and an ADA elevator would be built from the southernmost portion of the new East Side Access/Long Island Rail Road concourse level into the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, and 6 subway mezzanine level.
The next step for the project is a public scoping meeting, which will be held on Monday, December 21, 2020. If the development is ultimately approved, timeline details include 18 months of demolition and 47 months of construction. The expected completion date for Project Commodore is 2030.