Partial demolition is in full swing at the site of St. John’s Terminal at 550 Washington Street, as work begins to transform the property into the cornerstone of Google’s new Hudson Square campus. This 1.3-million-square-foot structure will join two other buildings at 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street as part of Manhattan’s newest Google-plex. COOKFOX Architects is the designer and Oxford Properties is the developer of the 1.7-million-square-foot aggregation.
The northern portion of the former High Line freight terminal has been completely dismantled and cleared, while the middle and southern sections of the old building are currently in the process of being demolished. Workers and machinery are quickly taking apart each of the floors and the steel structural frame.
The tech giant is also in the midst of expanding its Chelsea headquarters at 111 Eighth Avenue. The address is located directly across from Chelsea Market, which the company purchased for $2.4 billion in early 2018 from Jamestown. The total number of New York-based employees is expected to double from 7,000 to 14,000 over the next ten years. Oxford Properties is investing $1 billion in the new Hudson Square campus.
550 Washington Street will rise to a modest height, providing future office tenants wide views of the Hudson River and the Jersey City skyline. The closest subways are the 1 train at the Houston Street Station at the corner of Houston Street and Varick Street, as well as the C and E trains at the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue. Hudson River Park is directly across West Street from the property, and access to the Holland Tunnel is only a few blocks to the south of the three addresses.
315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street are planning to open in 2020, while 550 Washington Street is reported to be finished in 2022.