Getting a look at the future 5 World Trade Center


In the political fight over more affordable housing at 5 World Trade Center (and despite local efforts, the site is not 100 percent affordable as it should be, given its location and history), I didn’t realize that there were renderings on hand for the site. Silverstein Properties, which will develop the residential building there with Brookfield Properties, Omni New York and Dabar Development, provided the images of the 900-foot building designed by Kohn Pederson Fox.


And since a reader recently asked about 6WTC, it seemed like a good idea to refresh our memories about the site in general. See that below.

5WTC is scheduled to have 190,000 square feet of office space, a 12,000-square-foot community facility space, 55,000 square feet of public amenity space, 7,000 square feet of retail space, and 1.2 million square feet of residential space divided into 1,325 apartments. Of these, 30 percent of the total inventory will be devoted to affordable housing.

The site is south of Liberty Park and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, with Greenwich Street to the east, Albany Street to the south, and Washington Street to the west.

The only other unbuilt site is 2 World Trade Center, between Greenwich and Church, Vesey and Fulton (where the beer garden is now). That tower was designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and is scheduled to be 1,270 feet tall, 81 stories, leased by Silverstein Properties to commercial office tenants.

The original World Trade Center was a 16-acre complex that housed seven buildings and the 5-acre Austin J. Tobin Plaza. When the entire complex was rebuilt after 9/11, everything was renamed and renumbered, partially to make room for the memorial sites, which are on the footprints of the former 1WTC and 2WTC. So 7WTC is in its original spot but everything else has a new location and number. And 6WTC is no more: One World Trade Center is on its site.



  1. 5 WTC is 30% affordable, not 25%. That was changed last year. I highly recommend watching the first ~10 minutes of ESD’s May 2023 board meeting where they explain in detail the enormous subsidies that would be required to attain higher levels of affordability:

    And 2 WTC is reportedly back to a design by Foster, not the BIG design.

    • yeah God forbid that anyone but the wealthy, get subsidies for luxury housing developments. we wouldnt want the working class, who performed the search, rescue, cleanup and rebuilding of the wtc site and paid the price with deaths and awful illnesses to be able to actually live in lower manhattan.

  2. This is slightly incorrect. BIG is no longer the design architect of 2 WTC, and it seems Foster is back onboard, although updated renderings have not been released.

    Doesn’t seem like there will be any progress anytime soon, which is a shame. The site feels really incomplete with just the foundations and beams sticking out of the ground. The beer garden and art can only help so much.

  3. Super weak reporting. As the other comments have suggested very little of this article is accurate.

  4. Build new twin towers replace from lost on 911