A 170 meter, 41-storey high-rise tower has been proposed for the area next-door to Sengaku-ji Temple in Tokyo’s Minato ward. If approved, construction could start in 2020 with completion by 2024.
The 18,000 sqm site is located directly to the east of the historic Sengaku-ji temple and fronts onto the Daiichi Keihin street. The new station for the JR Yamanote Loop Line will be located towards the west, on the opposite side of the street.
The proposal includes three buildings. Tower A will be 41 floors with apartments, business space and retail. Building B and C are both located alongside the entrance path to Sengaku-ji temple and will be 3 stories. They will be both residential and retail. There will be as many as 750 apartments in the three buildings.
Redevelopment discussions began back in 2014. Approximately 80% of the landowners will be participating in the redevelopment, with Sumitomo chosen to lead the project.
Sengaku-ji is a buddhist temple established in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Daimyo Asano Naganori (1667 – 1701) and his retainers – the forty-seven Ronin – are interred in the temple grounds. In 2014, local residents were opposed to the construction of an 8-story apartment building that was located next to the temple’s entrance.
In December 2015, Minato Ward added a revision to their Landscape Plan that requires consultation prior to any developments that adjoin heritage buildings, including shrines and temples.
Source: The Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun, December 5, 2017.