Until now, Brookfield’s Manhattan West development had largely seemed to be relegated to the shadows of Related’s Hudson Yards, and progress on the latter has already been significant. 10 Hudson Yards is well above ground, the decking for the railyards is falling into place, and work is also beginning or likely to start soon on the foundations for 15, 30, and 35 Hudson Yards.
But Manhattan West is impressive in its own right, and while it has taken years to get going, progress is finally at hand. Permits for the site’s first two towers, one residential and one commercial, were filed this year. And besides taking care of administrative overhead, the most important step prior to the towers’ rise has also been resolved, with the railyards below now fully decked over.
Now, excavation can finally begin for the actual towers of Manhattan West, which will be dislocated to the perimeter of the development, beyond the concrete platform above the train tracks.
The first of these to rise will be 401 West 31st Street, which saw permits filed this past May. With 790 units and a total floor area of almost 800,000 square feet, the 702-foot tall tower will be a massive improvement for the previously barren lot, adding substantially to the supply of new units coming to the West Side. The latest photos from a tipster show equipment throughout the site, and earth is already moving to make way for foundations.
Signage for the residential tower went up recently, although the posted rendering does not include the neighboring office towers, which will form the bulk of the development. With news that Skadden Arps has signed a letter of intent for the 995-foot tower at 401 Ninth Avenue (aka 1 Manhattan West), and with excavation seemingly in full-swing, prospects for Manhattan West are looking much brighter for 2015 than they were even earlier this year.
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