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Plaza upgrades at 28 Liberty Street to begin soon sans glass cubes

March 25, 2017

It appears for now glass cubes will not be rising on the plaza of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s 1960 International Style office tower at 28 Liberty Street in the Financial District. When we last reported in October, the building’s owner, Fosun, was seeking a waiver from Manhattan Community Board 1 on a deed restriction that prohibits structures taller than six feet on the plaza. Then in December, City Council passed a law that makes modifying or lifting such restrictions more difficult. A Fosun representative told The Architect’s Newspaper that in light of this, they “will reevaluate the additional glass entryway pavilions in the future.” Meanwhile, new scaffolding at the site indicates that the company is moving ahead with its other planned upgrades, which will likely include restoration of the plaza’s historic parapet and the installation of new storefronts. Construction permits have not yet been granted.

Plaza revamp begins at landmarked SOM tower, minus controversial glass pavilions,” The Architect’s Newspaper, February 24, 2017. 
Developer decides not to build huge glass pavilions on landmarked plaza,” The Architect’s Newspaper, January 11, 2017. 

Rendering shown on DOB scaffold sign. Photo by Audrey Wachs / Image via DOB
Original proposal showing two glass cubes at Nassau St side of plaza