The Consequences of New York's New East Midtown Plan Include Skyscraper Demolition

A highly controversial proposal hit the newswire this week, as JP Morgan announced its plans to demolish 270 Park Avenue (formerly known as the Union Carbide tower), designed by architect Natalie Griffin de Blois.
February 22, 2018, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"JPMorgan Chase announced on Wednesday that it will demolish its headquarters on Park Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets and build a new 70-story world headquarters on the site for its 15,000 employees," reports Charles V. Bagli.

"The building would be the first skyscraper to go up under new zoning rules for the area surrounding Grand Central Terminal, which were designed to encourage the development of taller, more modern skyscrapers and ensure that Midtown remains one of the city’s premier business districts," ads Bagli.

The article includes more details about the proposed demolition and new skyscraper. The article also includes a quote from Mayor Bill de Blasio touting the project as a sign of the Midtown East plan, approved in 2017. For additional perspectives on the skyline changing news, see an article by Jonathan Hilburg, and another for the real estate website The Real Deal.

Planetizen  followed the Midtown East rezoning processes through the de Blasio Administration, as well as a previous, unsuccessful attempt at rezoning during the Bloomberg Administration. 

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Published on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in The New York Times
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