A new project proposal is underway to build the highest skyscraper (by roof height) in New York City. The current highest building in NYC is
The Project Commodore is a proposed development towering at 1,646 feet high, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed under Commodore Owner LLC by RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone. The site of the project would take place where the Grand Hyatt New York hotel is currently located.
The construction would mean a smaller Grand Hyatt hotel, new offices, retail stores, enormous public space, and a reimagined entrance to the Grand Central-42nd Street subway station.
The skyscraper would total to 2,976,740 square feet and be 89 stories high. Of that, 43,370 square feet would go towards retail locations, 10,000 towards “open-air publicly accessible space,” and 2,108,820 for new offices.
According to New York Yimby, “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.” Space accessible to the public would take over the second floor and offices would be found on floors 7-63 with hotel rooms available on floors 65-83.
Traffic would have to be redistributed for Grand Central Terminal and the Grand Central-42nd Street subway station as turnstiles would move onto street level and a new staircase would be built. On the eastern side of the transit hall, New Yorkers would find retail stores, while the western side would host information screens and Terminal connections.
There would be an added subway entrance with an ADA compliant elevator “designed to introduce light and air to the mezzanine level” and the Lexington Passage entrance would expand their ceilings, give direct access to the Grand Central Market, and add retail stores on each side. Direct access from Metro-North’s lower platform level to the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, and 6 subway mezzanine level would additionally be constructed.
Project Commodore would take an overall timeline of 18 months in demolition and 47 months of construction. If all goes well at the public scoping meeting on December 21, 2020, this new skyscraper can be expecting completion by 2030.