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 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.
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.