YIMBY Checks In on the Site of ODA’s Tree-Topped Skyscraper at 75 Nassau Street in the Financial District

75 Nassau Street75 Nassau Street, image by ODA New York

This week YIMBY checked out 75 Nassau Street, the planned site of a striking tree-topped residential skyscraper designed by ODA and developed by Lexin Capital. Located in the Financial District, the plot from which the 498-foot-tall, 312,000-square-foot tower is due to rise currently sits empty, with no recent signs of activity since the demolition of five buildings that once stood on the land.

The view through the construction fence shows scattered debris and growing weeds toward the back of the site.

75 Nassau Street in early August. Photo by Michael Young

75 Nassau Street is designed to yield 190,000 square feet of residential space, which will be divided among 229 units. There will be 39,200 square feet of commercial space on the lower four floors of the tower, including retail on the bottom two levels and office space on the third and fourth stories.

The most noteworthy element of the building’s design is its rooftop landscaping, which will be designed by HM White. A perimeter of tall evergreen trees has featured prominently in early renderings and would give 75 Nassau Street one of the most distinctive parapets in Lower Manhattan. ODA’s characteristically quirky façade, which features a grid of tall and narrow windows and undulating sheared corners, will further distinguish the skyscraper from its glass, stone, and steel neighbors.

75 Nassau Street looking east along Fulton Street, image by ODA

75 Nassau Street looking west along Fulton Street, image by ODA

The project’s site is one of the few remaining pockets of the neighborhood that hasn’t been fully developed. The completion of this modern residential project will radically transform this section of Nassau Street.

YIMBY last stated that permits for 75 Nassau Street have yet to be approved. Upon possible approval, the new residential tower could be finished as early as 2021 or 2022.

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2 Comments on "YIMBY Checks In on the Site of ODA’s Tree-Topped Skyscraper at 75 Nassau Street in the Financial District"

  1. Landscaping at 500 Ft ! Bad enough in at ground level. Is this a ploy to placate the planners !!

  2. You’d have to be incredibly naive to believe that anything but a few of the hardiest scrubs could survive on top of a 500 foot building, yet time and again people fall for the renderings and the publicity blitz. smh

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