Amid rezoning plans, firms seek to rededesign area around Grand Central Terminal

TRD New York /
Oct.October 18, 2012 09:30 AM

A rezoning proposal from the Department of City Planning has architects and developers eager to make changes to Grand Central Station and its surrounding area, the Wall Street Journal reported. The DCP plan would rezone the Grand Central area to allow for new office towers, in exchange for a required donation from developers to make infrastructure upgrades that could include building additional access points to Grand Central’s subway platforms and a pedestrian mall on Vanderbilt Avenue.

Thus far, three architecture firms have been asked by the Municipal Art Society of New York to submit proposal to redesign the area — their designs will be unveiled at a conference tomorrow.

“Grand Central itself is our most beloved landmark. It’s the center of commercial New York. It’s also a neighborhood. But yet, the area over the years, it has become somewhat disconnected and a little lonely at times, particularly in the evening,” MAS president Vin Cipolla, said.

One of the designs brought forward by the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill would suspend a halo shaped observation deck between two new office buildings that would move up and down the buildings.

Another design from WXY Architecture also calls for an elevated pedestrian walkway but over the current Park Avenue Viaduct and with a glass bottom.

The third firm, Foster + Partners,  sees a pedestrian plaza on Vanderbilt Avenue, increased height in the pedestrian tunnels and adding more open space to the terminal entrances. [WSJ]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The MTA board approved rent relief for small businesses in Grand Central and other locations (iStock)

MTA cuts rent up to 90% for small businesses

MTA cuts rent up to 90% for small businesses
(Getty)

MTA proposes percentage-based rent payments for Grand Central retailers

MTA proposes percentage-based rent payments for Grand Central retailers
TRD's Erik Engquist and MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber 

MTA development chief: Capital budget will be “cannibalized” without federal aid

MTA development chief: Capital budget will be “cannibalized” without federal aid
Industry City and City Planning Commission chairwoman Marisa Lago (iStock)

City Planning Commission approves Industry City rezoning

City Planning Commission approves Industry City rezoning
A breakdown of the biggest bribes and what’s next in the historic scandal of LA City Council member Jose Huizar (Getty, DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, Department of City Planning, iStock)

Inside LA’s biggest real estate corruption scandal in recent history

Inside LA’s biggest real estate corruption scandal in recent history
From left: Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central and Penn Station (Wikipedia, Pixabay, CDC)

TRD Insights: Focus may shift to Manhattan’s 3 transport hubs in post-Covid office market

TRD Insights: Focus may shift to Manhattan’s 3 transport hubs in post-Covid office market
Joe Germanotta at Art Bird & Whiskey Bar and Lady Gaga (inset) (Photo by Stephanie Ott/picture alliance via Getty Images; Lady Gaga by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)

Lady Gaga’s dad, MTA in rent feud over homeless at Grand Central

Lady Gaga’s dad, MTA in rent feud over homeless at Grand Central
350 Park

Vornado, Rudin mull 1,450-foot tower in Midtown East

Vornado, Rudin mull 1,450-foot tower in Midtown East
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...