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Yardsmania: Related's Murdochville Gets Sloppy Seconds

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Talk about a comeback! The Related Companies' Hudson Yards bid, dubbed "Murdochville" because of the dominance of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in the renderings, was seen as the early odds-on favorite in the rail yards sweepstakes. But things turned south when it was revealed that Related (also partnered with Goldman Sachs on the development proposal) couldn't get a firm commitment from its anchor tenant, and the whole shebang was eventually awarded to rival Tishman Speyer. Well, we all know how that turned out. Now, The Real Estate reports that the MTA has a tentative deal in place with Related to develop the Hudson Yards. Holy MySpace! So, if Murdochville (with or without Murdoch) gets built, just what are we looking at?

Curiously, Related's Hudson Yards website appears to be down at the exact moment it would come in very handy, but here's what we remember: some serious starchitecture power, from the likes of Robert A.M. Stern, Kohn Pederson Fox and Arquitectonica. Related didn't release a lot of images or design specifics when the bids were first revealed, but we know there would be 15 acres of public space, including a nine-acre central park space. The northern portion of the High Line that curls around the rail yards would be saved, and there would be an "iconic waterfront bridge" connecting the site to Hudson River Park. Oh, and a two-million-square-foot global headquarters would be built for News Corp ... or someone else (any takers?). There would be 14 buildings in all, the tallest being 74 stories, and 5,300 units of housing (including 2,000 rentals). If, you know, this thing doesn't completely fall apart. Again.
· Related, M.T.A. Said to Reach Deal for Rail Yards [The Real Estate]
· Hudson Yards Coverage [Curbed]