NEW YORK — Real estate developer Donald Trump said Monday that he plans to build a giant development on Manhattan's West Side that would include the world's tallest building and a 3.6-million-square-foot complex of television and movie studios.
Television City, as Trump calls the project, would cover a 13-block area bordering the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd streets, he said during a morning press conference. Its centerpiece would be a three-sided, 150-story structure that would rise 216 feet above Chicago's Sears Tower, currently the world's tallest building.
Also envisioned are a 65-floor office tower, six 36-story luxury condominium buildings and a 1.7-million-square-foot retail center.
Trump declined to estimate the cost of the development, but it has been placed as high as $2 billion. A spokesman for Trump, Norma I. Foerderer, insisted that, while financing plans have not been completed, raising the money would be no obstacle.
Trump still needs city permits, and he seems to have some way to go before realizing his dream of making the project a center of the television industry.