Rising next to all the massive development taking place in the Hudson Yards area is another megaproject — Brookfield's Manhattan West, an eight-acre mixed-use project that's being built at a cost of $4.5 billion. On Thursday, developers unveiled new renderings for the megaproject, which will see the construction of offices, apartments, retail, and a two-acre park.
The project includes a total of five buildings — three are office buildings, one is residential, and the final one will either be a hotel or more residential units. One Manhattan West is a 2.1 million square foot office tower that is currently under construction at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street. So far, law firm Skadden Arps has signed on for 550,000 square feet of space at the building, and the National Hockey League is currently eyeing a spot there too.
The second office tower — Two Manhattan West, won't be built until it secures an anchor tenant. But work on the third office building — the renovation of an existing office building at 450 West 33rd Street, is already underway with the exterior of the building being re-cladded in glass courtesy of architecture firm REX.
Construction is also underway on the residential tower, which goes by Three Manhattan West. The 62-story building topped out in April. Once complete, the building will have 844 apartments divided into studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. Twenty percent of the units will be marketed as affordable, and the building will welcome its first residents sometime next year, with a full completion of the building expected in 2018.
Four Manhattan West, the fifth building that makes up this megaproject, will likely be a hotel or more residential units, but details for that haven't been revealed yet.
Plans also call for the creation of a 60,000 square foot public park to be designed by James Corner Field Operations, that will criss cross through the development. Brookfield is also bringing 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and amenities to the site.
In October last year, Qatar Investment Authority acquired a 44-percent stake in the project. The residential building will be fully complete in 2018 with the first office tower to follow in 2019.