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At 76 stories, the Beekman Tower on Spruce street was supposed to be the tallest
residential building in New York City. But the developer may stop work at
half-the-height because of the poor economy. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has
REPORTER: The sleek, narrow tower, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, was to include 900 luxury apartments. It was billed as part of the post September 11th recovery for Lower Manhattan. The developer, Forest City Ratner, qualified for extra height by including a school in its bottom floors.
But Ratner may not need that extra height after all. This week, shortly after the structural concrete reached the 38th floor, the developer received a building permit that treats the top of the current structure as a roof.
Neighbors report that consutrction has slowed to just six hours a day. A spokesperson says Ratner has made no final decisions, but is "conducting a study to assess costs, risks and overall timing."
If WNYC's report is correct, Frank Gehry will likely not be a happy
camper. And if this is what they mean by "value engineering," should we anticipate
an Atlantic Yards arena in which the games are played on a half-court?
The 50% reduction, if true, also illustrates the declining demand for luxury housing—a
problem for Ratner's Atlantic Yards, which proposes to build 4,180 luxury units.
With Beekman topping off at half of what the starchitect had designed and Gehry
no longer designing the Barclays Center arena, maybe he no longer has contractual
ties with Bruce Ratner and can finally speak his mind about the developer and
the Atlantic Yards project.