With the first of Related’s Hudson Yards towers now inching towards its pinnacle, it should come as no surprise that other developers with nearby sites are also beginning to move ahead with plans of their own. We now have an update on what may or may not rise at 470 Eleventh Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets, where Kuafu Properties is planning a 700-foot tall 42-story mixed-use tower dubbed “Hudson Rise” that has now been the subject of several lawsuits.
Permits were filed back in September of 2014, and indicate the total construction area of the building will measure 417,927 square feet. Within that, 94,761 square feet will be divided between 47 condos along the upper floors of the project, while the lower portion will hold 242 regular hotel rooms and 108 condo-hotel rooms.
Goldstein Hill & West is the architect of record, and Archilier Architects is the design architect. YIMBY first revealed 470 Eleventh Avenue back in May of 2014, and the unit count and design have changed slightly since then.
The most notable modifications have been to the lower levels, which will have the biggest impact on the neighborhood’s future pedestrian experience. Much of the glass appears to have been swapped out for masonry, perhaps as a nod to the traditional inspiration of the design.
Above, the building has retained its unique flavor, and the renderings show that despite its relatively short height, it will be very distinct on the overall skyline. The skyscraper will be particularly visible from New Jersey, with the Javitz Center the only thing between 470 Eleventh Avenue and the Hudson River.
At the top of the tower, Kuafu says the penthouse will be particularly unique, describing it as “a masterpiece of ultimate luxury” that “will be the one of the first penthouses in New York to have an edgeless pool of its own.”
The tower’s marketing will apparently target Chinese and Asian buyers, and while the project has a host of luxury amenities, the most unique will be the Shanghai club, described as follows:
A highlight of Hudson Rise is the Shanghai Club. Designed to host the business elite, trend setters and style wayfarers from China and other eastern power centers, the Shanghai club sets a window for New York to learn from eastern creativity, drive and philosophy. Despite the burgeoning of Chinatowns (now five and counting) in the greater New York area and its heritage of multiculturalism, New York has yet to offer the Chinese entrepreneur diaspora a place to call home, a place that speaks of the East, the West and of universal Luxury. The birth of Shanghai Club will soon fulfill this compelling need and give Hudson Rise a unique attraction to those who fancy the eastern world.
The plan exam for the building was disapproved in February. Figures listed on Kuafu’s site note the building will total 320,000 square feet, split between 34,000 square feet of retail, a 240-room hotel, 88 “lifestyle” (hotel-serviced) condos, and 42 actual condominiums. Those numbers could be reflected on the final new job application, which appears to not have been re-submitted at this point.
As of May, The Real Deal reported the project was in jeopardy, with litigation between the developers ongoing. The last action visible in the DOB filings was from January, so it would appear that things are still in limbo, and any expectation of a tentative completion date would be premature.