In the News: Four Seasons Restaurant Could Be Atop FiDi Tower

••• Details on the 70-story tower to be built at 45 Park Place (between Church and W. Broadway): “The glass skyscraper, which has yet to break ground, will include at least 15 full-floor units of 3,200 to 3,700 square feet, and average prices higher than $3,000 a square foot [….] The developer anticipates breaking ground before the end of the year, with sales starting in early 2016. [….] Adjacent to the tower, Soho Properties will build a public plaza connected to a three-story Islamic museum and prayer space to be designed by architect Jean Nouvel.” That last part isn’t news—well, maybe the plaza—but it’s worth noting that Nouvel is still involved. More renderings for the tower are here; the Islamic museum remains a mystery. —Crain’s

••• The owners of the Four Seasons restaurant are “quietly negotiating to take over the top of 28 Liberty, the reincarnated former One Chase Manhattan Building in the heart of downtown.” But “the Chinese owners of the tower are in the midst of negotiating not just with the world-renowned Four Seasons, but with three other ‘household names’ to run the restaurant, events and conference center.” —New York Post

••• South Street Seaport update: “The controversial glass canopy proposed to hang over the mall at Pier 17 will be scrapped.” Also: The South Street Seaport Museum “is now seeking a $4.8 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to use spaces at 207-215 Water Street for educational programming.” —Curbed

••• “A minor but important change is coming next week for PATH riders headed to the World Trade Center transportation hub. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to open an additional entrance from the station’s PATH platforms to its underground west concourse, which gives riders easy access to the west side of the trade center site without forcing them onto Vesey Street.” It’s amazing no one has been trampled there. “The bigger change—opening up the station’s exit to Wall Street—is on its way [….] As many as 50 percent of the PATH riders who come into the station use it to get to Wall Street, and now they have to walk a circuitous around the station to get there. That southern exit is nearly finished. [Port Authority head of construction Steve Plate] declined to say exactly when it will be open to PATH riders. […] The entire station, which will include 400,000 square feet of retail space, should be open to the public later this year, he said.” —