I'm not surprised that they did not go the supertall route here because the location doesn't warrant it.
As can be seen from this overhead photo by FX Fowle, this area is dominated by the two, HUGE, heinous Battery garages and by the exit from
The Battery Tunnel.
There was a plan years ago to build a gorgeous Frank Willliams tower over the west garage.
The second garage to the east should just come down.
There was also talk of decking over the submerged portion of the Tunnel exit. That would create green space and would enhance this bleak location.
The plan was referred to as Greenwich Street South, and info regarding it can be found here:
This is the park that was envisioned by covering the tunnel exit.