Because one Far West Side office complex built on a platform over some train tracks is never enough, developer Brookfield Properties is getting serious about bringing back Manhattan West. Originally envisioned as two glassy skyscrapers that look ready to belly bop, Manhattan West?between 31st and 33rd Streets and Ninth and Dyer Avenues?was overshadowed by Hudson Yards next door and then derailed by the credit crunch. Brookfield told the WSJ that the company is moving forward with the project, and now the Times has more details:
The developer spent the last several years studying the engineering of a deck over the rail yards on the site, and says it has found a way to build it cheaper and quicker. It will start construction later this year, with plans to deliver a two-million-square-foot office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the northeast corner of the parcel by 2015. There are plans to eventually construct as many as three towers. Might we see construction kicking off on two huge commercial real estate projects in the same neighborhood with zero tenants lined up? It's a good time to be in the market for a million square feet! Maybe Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is ready to expand?
· Projects Shelved in the Downturn Spring Back to Life [NYT]
· Manhattan West coverage [Curbed]