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Red Hook’s Foster + Partners-designed office complex is dead

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Thor Equities will instead use the site on the Red Hook waterfront for industrial purposes

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Say goodbye to Red Hoek Point: Thor Equities has decided not to move forward with the massive, Foster + Partners-designed office complex it had planned for 280 Richards Street in Red Hook. Instead, the development firm will use the site for industrial purposes, a spokesperson confirmed to Curbed.

According to the Real Deal, which first reported the news, Thor will construct “last-mile warehouses,” which are often used by e-commerce companies as distribution centers.

It’s a big change from Thor’s original plan for the site, which called for nearly 800,000 square feet of office space spread out across two heavy timber buildings on the Red Hook waterfront. The plan, originally unveiled in 2016, also included public amenities, like a waterfront esplanade and restaurants.

Construction on the site began in 2016, but there hasn’t been much progress at the site—which sits next to the Ikea in Red Hook—since then. It’s not clear how Thor will proceed with creating industrial space.

This isn’t the first major office project in Red Hook to fizzle out in recent years. An ambitious proposal by Italian firm Est4te Four to redevelop four warehouses into a new office complex was scrapped in 2017, and those buildings have remained industrial as well.