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Turkey files plans for 35-story consulate tower

The 218K sf Midtown East property will house offices, mission and residences
By Chava Gourarie | September 28, 2016 04:19PM


Renderings of the Republic of Turkey’s consulate building (Credit: Perkins Eastman)

The Republic of Turkey filed plans Wednesday for a new, crescent-inspired 35-story tower that will serve as the headquarters of the Consulate General of Turkey in New York.

The Turkevi Center will be located at 821 United Nations Plaza, at the corner of East 46th Street and First Avenue. It will house the the Turkish Consulate General and Permanent Mission to the United States’ offices and residences.

The roughly 217,500-square-foot building includes 101,869 square feet of office space and 20 apartments across 40,915 square feet, according to a permit application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings. The building will have an auditorium, a prayer room, underground parking and conference rooms, the filing shows.

Perkins Eastman, the architect of record for the project, released renderings in March, showing a gently-rounded tower rising 561 feet. The building’s design was inspired by the Turkish crescent, according to the architects.

The Republic of Turkey bought the five-story rental building on the site at 342 East 46th Street for $5.1 million in September 2011 and owns various buildings on the East Side.