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270-Park-Avenue-03 Google earth image of future NYC skyline with preliinary 1,400-foot massing of the future 270 Park Avenue (CityRealty)
Yesterday, a demolition application was filed for 270 Park Avenue, the current, but not for long headquarters of JPMorgan Chase. The filing is a pivotal step for the bank, which plans to replace the 1.5 million-square-foot Modernist tower with a 2.5 million square foot supertall skyscraper designed by Lord Norman Foster.

Bringing down the existing 52-floor, the 707-foot building will be the largest planned demolition in history, besting past NYC spires such as the 612-foot-tall Singer Building and the 517-foot-tall Deutsche Bank Building damaged on 9/11. The brooding glass metal tower was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, de Blois being one of the few senior female designers of the time. Construction was completed in 1961, and for nearly 50 years the tower held the record for the tallest building designed by a woman.
270 Park Avenue (CityRealty)
270-Park-Avenue-03 270 Park Avenue looking up Vanderbilt Avenue in 2007 (Ondel/CityRealty)
CTBUH-Demolitions CTBUH diagram showing the Tallest Demolished Buildings, which is available in the CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II https://store.ctbuh.org/journal/205-2018-journal-issue-ii.html
JPMorgan Chase's replacement tower is expected to rise at least 1,400-feet tall with 70 floors to accommodate more than 6,000 employees. As previously reported by CityRealty, the construction project will be the Grand Central office district's first major undertaking since the passage of the 2017 Midtown East Rezoning Plan, which made 78 blocks of Midtown available to larger, more modern skyscrapers.
270-Park-Avenue-04 Recent photo of the Midtown East skyline with One Vanderbilt rising and 270 Park Avenue tucked to its right next to 500 Fifth Avenue (Ondel/ mid-January 2019)
Full demolition work is slated to begin in early 2019, and a construction elevator has already been erected alongside the building. Once the new 270 Park is completed in 2024, it will become one of the tallest buildings in NYC and the hemisphere's tallest office building by roof height. In addition to containing over 2.5 million square feet of office space, plans for 270 Park entail the creation of at least 7,000 square feet of public space (still in debate) and ground-floor retail. The design team, led by Foster + Partners, will seek LEED certification, and the project is expected to create over 8,000 construction jobs for the city.
 
 
 
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