"Come to Work," invites the signage at Manhattan West, developer Brookfield Properties' Hudson Yards-neighboring project. Or, perhaps, come to live. The Journal reports that Brookfield is thinking about adding up to 900 residential units to the project, which stretches from 31st to 33rd streets between Ninth and Dyer avenues. (The apartments would replace some of the planned office space, since the residential market appears to be a safer bet than the office market right now.) Details are virtually nonexistent, but here's one piece of evidence supporting residential development at Manhattan West: Brookfield just hired Phil Wharton as its new director of U.S. development, and Wharton comes to the job with experience working at AvalonBay, a major residential developer. The plot thickens!
Wharton shared with the Journal one other tidbit about Manhattan West: it will include "a pedestrian plaza with a significant retail component that will connect with the High Line." We won't hold our breath for either the plaza or apartments, since Brookfield is only just about to begin construction on the deck over the rail yards.
· Apartments are Hot; Office, Not So Much [WSJ]
· Manhattan West coverage [Curbed]