The Museum of Modern Artís proposal for a new 82-story tower has cleared its final hurdle.


The Museum of Modern Artís proposal for a new 82-story tower has cleared its final hurdle.

The New York City Council voted Wednesday to approve the plan for a 1000-foot mixed-use tower on West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. It was the final hurdle for the planís approval process.

The museum already has its main exhibition space on that block.

The MoMA Web site says the museum will gain about 40,000 square feet of new gallery space ó a 30 percent increase.

The building plan also calls for 150 residential apartments and 100 hotel rooms.

Architect Jean Nouvel designed the tower, which tapers as it rises to a spire.