Disney Reveals Renderings Of New Hudson Square Office Tower
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the 22-story, 320-foot building will rise between Varick, Hudson, Van Dam and Spring Streets and has been dubbed 4 Hudson Square. The project will include ground floor retail and, according to AMNewYork, potentially a food hall.
AMNewYork also reported that the building, which is comprised of two spires, will feature a terracotta facade that will “appear to change color based on the lighting surrounding its connected glass panelling.”
Although a 2013 rezoning spurred luxury residential development in Hudson Square, the arrival of Disney and neighbor Google, which is building out a $1 billion campus on Hudson and Washington streets, is expected to dramatically fill out the former industrial neighborhood. Once known as the printing district, Hudson Square has over the years become a hub for media, advertising, and tech companies. (New York Public Radio, which owns WNYC and Gothamist, is located near the Disney site.) One block north, at 60 Charlton, a 12-story retail and office building is currently under construction.
In July 2018, Disney announced that it was preparing to leave its longtime home on the Upper West Side and lease 4 Hudson Square for 99 years from Trinity Church in a deal valued at $650 million. Trinity Church, which is one of the New York City’s biggest landowners, owns a large stock of buildings in the area.
Disney‘s plans forced out City Winery, which had been located at the site for more than 10 years. In February, the owners of the wine and event space sued Trinity Church for allowing them to proceed with a $2 million renovation before springing the news that the building would be demolished as part of the lease deal with Disney. Trinity has sought to dismiss the suit, saying it is without merit.
The new headquarters will house ABC World News and ABC 7, as well as offices, production space, and studios for “The View” and “Live With Kelly and Ryan.”
Demolition of the site is still ongoing. The project is set to break ground in 2020, and construction is expected to take four years.