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All the apartments in the 74-story, 876-foot-high, mixed-use tower that is under construction by Forest City Ratner at 8 Spruce Street near City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan will be rentals.

A spokesperson for the developer, Joyce Baumgarten of Geto & DeMilly told today that the design of the project by Frank O. Gehry, the celebrated architect of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, is not yet finished and so no final renderings are available. Mr. Gehry is also designing a large mixed-use project known as the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn for Forest City Ratner, which is also the developer of the Metro Tech center in downtown Brooklyn.

She confirmed that comments by Joanne Minieri, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies in an article today by Alex Frangos in The Wall Street Journal were correct.

Ms. Minieri was quoted in the article as stating that the developer was "looking forward to a groundbreaking by the year's end" and that the project will have "about 900 units, with a school in the base."

Originally, it was also intended to contain expansion facilities for Pace University, but that institution withdrew from the plan.

Previous reports indicated that the building would have 666 rental and condominium apartments.

Mr. Gehry's first major building to rise in Manhattan has been a mid-rise building for IAC/Interactive, a concern headed by Barry Diller, on West Street south across from the Chelsea Piers. It is a white-glass-clad building whose facades resemble sails.

The Forest City Ratner tower is one of the most anticipated designs in Manhattan in recent years.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.