Related Companies and Oxford Properties Break Ground on New York’s Hudson Yards
by Jesse Dorris | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 1 Comment
After the somewhat unexpected blockbuster success of the High Line, things are looking up for the west side of Manhattan—and developers are looking up, too. Last week, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group broke ground on the 26-acre Hudson Yards project, the largest private development in New York City since Rockefeller Center.
“We are proud to be working with some of the best architects not only in New York, but in the world,” says Joanna Rose, Related’s vice president of corporate communications. These include the 1.7-million-square-foot South Tower, which was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, “who bring tremendous expertise in iconic commercial towers around the world,” says Rose. The anticipated LEED Gold tower will house the world headquarters of luxury goods company Coach Inc., and will link to a 2.4-million-square-foot North Tower via a retail complex, in which restaurateur Danny Meyer is eyeing a number of the spaces.
A non-profit called the Culture Shed will join the shops and restaurants—not to mention the Chelsea art district and the forthcoming new Whitney Museum—with multiple floors of gallery and performance space. The facility was designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro, and David Rockwell, who Rose says, “has a long history with Related, from MiMA on 42nd Street to The Cosmopolitan resort and casino in Las Vegas.”
Plans are underway to ensure that visitors to the Hudson Yards will be right at home, with 5000 residential units and a new public school added to the area. And all 13 million square feet of the project will integrate with that smash hit High Line via the new Hudson Park and Boulevard, a 4-acre thoroughfare incorporated a series of parks and public plazas along the west side of the island.
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