Restart in works for 80 South Street skyscraper

The South Street Seaport area could finally be getting a new skyscraper. Curbed reported that there are now plans to construct a 300,000-square-foot, 780-foot mixed-use tower at 80 South Street, with a mix of hotel, residential and community space.

Cord Meyer Development owns the plot, and according to Curbed, is examining the property’s air rights to see if half of the proposal’s square footage can be dedicated for residential use.Morali Architects is behind the design, which will have some green elements, including hanging gardens flowing down a façade sheathed by photovoltaic glass.

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In the days before the recession, another tower, with a staggered cube design, was planned for the site by Santiago Calatrava.

However, the latest plan has not yet started breaking ground — approvals are needed first from the City Planning Commission and the Department of Buildings. The approval pipeline could take as long as a year.

It’s not the only green-inspired construction seeking approval in the area. Pilot Real Estate is proposing grassy rooftop additions for a rental complex nearby on South Street. Also in the neighborhood, a Fairfield Inn hotel is rising on an adjacent site at 30 Fletcher Street. [Curbed]