Last week, the City Council approved plans for Atlas Capital Group and Westbrook Partners to acquire $100 million worth of air rights from Pier 40, overseen by the Hudson River Park Trust, to develop a 1,586-unit mixed-use complex at 550 Washington Street, in Hudson Square. The project is set to include five towers, the New York Times reported, although their height was not disclosed. Thirty percent of the units, or 475 apartments, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. One of the residential towers will be geared towards “older tenants.” There would also be retail space and a 15,000-square-foot recreation center.
Yesterday, the Hudson River Park Trust launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design phase of Pier 40’s much needed repair and renovation, Crain’s reported. The 15-acre sports facility is located in the Hudson River off Hudson Square and serves a key role in Westbrook Partners’ and Atlas Capital Group’s planned mixed-use development at 550 Washington Street, which is currently moving through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Process (ULURP). The developers plan to transfer roughly $100 million worth of air rights off Pier 40, although they will have to wait until the ULURP is finished (which legalizes the sale). The proceeds from the sale would fund Pier 40’s eventual overhaul, which will include a 10-year plan to replace more than half of its 3,500 steel piles. ULURP for the project across the street is expected to wrap up this fall, and, at that point, the Hudson River Park Trust will launch another RFP in search for a team to follow through with the design plans.