Photo: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Today, MAS testified on the draft scope for One Vanderbilt – a proposed 1,350-foot tower neighboring Grand Central Terminal, one of the most attractive development sites in New York City.
MAS supports One Vanderbilt’s proposed public space improvements, gestures to relate the project to Grand Central with complementary building materials and a design allowing for new views of the Terminal, and the project’s seamless integration with Grand Central’s critical transit infrastructure.
Future development in this corridor needs careful thought. All new development in East Midtown needs infrastructure and public realm investments. We must make sure that the public is getting the best deal possible. There needs to be greater clarity of how $200 milion in public benefits was agreed upon, the relationship between FAR bonuses and the level of public investment required, and greater clarity on the mechanism and timing for these improvements.
We look forward to working with City Planning, elected officials and the community for a thoughtful approach to future development in East Midtown.
Read the full testimony
(PDF), given by Kate Slevin, Vice President of Police and Planning.
Read our full written comments
(PDF) on the Draft Scope.