Related’s Hudson Yards development is one of the most impressive construction projects in the history of New York City, and an armada of cranes currently dominates the Midtown West skyline as towers at 15, 30, 35, and 55 Hudson Yards continue to rise. Now, YIMBY has the latest details for the office behemoth that will soon be coming to 50 Hudson Yards, aka 451 Tenth Avenue, as well as news on what’s happening at the Western Railyards, which will add further to the neighborhood’s burgeoning forest of skyscrapers.
YIMBY last reported on 50 Hudson Yards when new building applications were filed for the project back in January, signaling Related was ready to move forward with the construction. Those filings were incomplete, only covering the twelve-story base of the tower, but even that component will total 887,600 square feet. BlackRock has already signed on for almost that much space, leasing 850,000 square feet over 15 floors.
Beyond the progress at 50 Hudson Yards, Related is now readying to move forward with work on the Western Railyards, which will give rise to the bulk of the master plan’s residential space. While 50 Hudson Yards does not have additional details beyond the new renderings in the latest EB-5 materials, they do show that Related is seeking $10 million each for 35, 55, and the Railyards, totaling $30 million in all. There’s also a new look at the food & beverage pavilion that will sit in the Eastern Railyards.
Those numbers will be relatively small portions of the total overall funding for the 35 and 55 Hudson Yards, however, the $10 million EB-5 contribution to the Western Railyards platform will make up 50% of that component’s cost. Per the materials, its completion is expected by 2020.
Focusing back on 50 Hudson Yards, the new renderings give a better idea of just how massive the tower will be. Though it won’t be the tallest building in the neighborhood, it will be, by far, the bulkiest new office supertall in all of Manhattan, with an extremely hefty profile that rivals the massing of X, Y, and Z buildings, over on Sixth Avenue. Whether the aesthetics turn out to be attractive remains to be seen, but the current images of what’s expected are not exactly promising. Even the neighboring 30 Hudson Yards, which stands about 300 feet taller to the roof, will be completely visually overwhelmed from northern perspectives by its new neighbor.
The full build-out of 50 Hudson Yards will total 2.9 million square feet of office space, with the tower set to top-out just over the 300-meter threshold for supertalls, at 985 feet to the top. Adamson Associates is the architect of record, and Norman Foster is the design architect, with completion expected by 2022.