Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hudson Yards Competitor Plans to Break Ground Early Next Year

Because one Far West Side office complex built on a platform over some train tracks is never enough, developer Brookfield Properties has gotten serious about breaking ground on its Manhattan West project. The 4.7-million square foot mixed-used development will consist of two glassy skyscrapers, and two smaller residential towers between 31st and 33rd Streets and Ninth and Dyer Avenues.

Engineers have spent the last several years studying constructing a deck over the rail yards on the site, and Brookfield Properties says it has found a way to build it cheaper and quicker.

It will begin construction on One Manhattan West early next year, with plans to deliver a 66-story, 2.4 million-square-foot office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the northeast corner of the parcel by the early 2014.
Brookfield's plans include beginning construction on the 1.6 million square foot, 60-story, Two Manhattan will by next summer, followed by two smaller residential towers, totaling 700,000 square feet.

Brookfield Properties expects to complete the Manhattan West project by the summer of 2015.