Originally Posted by nomad11
It's a shame cuz that was a great music venue...forgive my ignorance, but what could 450,000 sq ft. translate into vertically if this was a mixed-use or even all-residential building?
111w57 has under 400k sqft but is ~1300ft, although it is ridiculously thin to get that height. More realistic would be something like the mixed use 123 Washington, 50 West, 1715 Broadway, or all condo 56 Leonard, etc. This will be an easy 600-700' tower.
E: It would be nice if the mediocre apartment building next door at 888 8th could be incorporated into the project. It would give the project more airrights,a catchy address very marketable to Asian buyers (all those 8's!) and rid the city of one more ugly postwar.
E2: Actually, now that I've thought about it some more, if all the air rights were shoved onto the 888 8th site, the Roseland Ballroom could keep the present site and given a nice facelift or even complete rebuild. It would be worth it to get the air rights bonus for preserving the performance space. That could definitely drive it into the supertall range.