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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #621
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ok, some possible developments here.

Brookfield is considering building out the foundation for the north tower now, ahead of the platform deck.

Word is that the tower could be built to podium height until the platform deck is complete (protecting the railroad).

Current schedule showing 18 months until platform deck is complete in that NE area.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #622
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Thanks as always jack.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #623
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Old January 12th, 2013, 07:06 AM   #624
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Oh, really? I do not want to hear anything bad about the USA because I really love this country, but I hear it everyday on the tv, radion, newspapers etc.
P.s. lets back to our thread
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Old January 12th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #625
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Oh, really? I do not want to hear anything bad about the USA because I really love this country, but I hear it everyday on the tv, radion, newspapers etc.
P.s. lets back to our thread
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Old January 14th, 2013, 07:03 AM   #626
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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:45 PM   #627
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Brookfield Office Properties starts long-awaited Manhattan West deck
By STEVE CUOZZO
Last Updated: 4:54 PM, January 14, 2013
Posted: 3:34 PM, January 14, 2013



Steve CuozzoAfter six years of promises, Brookfield Office Properties has finally started to build a deck over the exposed Amtrak rail yard for its planned Manhattan West development project.

The platform is a long-awaited breakthrough in Mayor Bloomberg’s dream to create a vast new Hudson Yards District in the once-forlorn far West 30s that will be home to major companies, residents and a wealth of public amenities.

It’s also crucial to publicly traded Brookfield’s plan for a $4.5 billion, five million-square-foot project on five acres anchored by two tall office towers and an apartment building.

The Manhattan West project, between Ninth and Dyers avenues and W. 31st and 33rd streets, will include a public plaza designed by High Line Park creator James Corner Field Operations. The deck was first announced in 2006 but held up by caution over the real-estate market, changes to the original mix of towers and delays in negotiating agreements with Amtrak over use of the rail lines through the yard.

Manhattan West spans the irregular rectangle bounded by Ninth and Dyer avenues and West 31st and 33rd streets. Most but not all of it consists of the exposed train yard 65 feet below street level.

Brookfield CEO Dennis Friedrich told The Post, “Excavation started a while ago. This is the formal launch of the next phase.”

Giant machines will soon appear on-site to erect a street-level surface comprised of 16 “bridges.” The deck will occupy 50 percent of the entire site.

Friedrich said the platform will be finished in late 2014 and the site will be ready to receive tenants by 2016.

He estimated Brookfield’s land and platform costs at a total $700 million. The deck is to be financed with a five-year, $340 million construction loan from a bank consortium including HSBC, Bank of New York Mellon and four others.

Brookfield will invest more than $300 million of its own capital with no public subsidies.

The details are to be announced tomorrow at a photo-op. Bloomberg, Friedrich, Brookfield co-Chairman John Zuccotti, Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye and Hudson Yards Development Corp. President Ann Weisbrod are expected to attend.

“Our initial plan was for all offices,” Friedrich said. “But we got excited about residential because the market was so heated. So in our current plan, we replaced what was the third office building with apartments.”

Manhattan West lies just east of Related Cos.’ much larger Hudson Yards project. Each giant enterprise can now claim its own bragging rights.

While Related is raising its first tower for Coach Inc. without first building a deck over its own rail yard site, Brookfield is plunging ahead with a deck before it puts up a building — which it won’t do until it lands a tenant. Cushman & Wakefield has been tapped to find one or more.

Manhattan West was originally to have three office buildings. Now, it will have two of them at the yards’ Ninth Avenue corners of West 31st and 33rd Streets, and a high-rise apartment tower between them and Dyer Avenue....

Despite a popular myth that the deck will support the towers, they will actually rise from bedrock at the sites’ corners and in effect be thrust through the platform. But the deck is needed to create a welcoming location for commercial and residential users.

Brookfield has committed to creating a 100 foot-wide park running east-west through the site, effectively forming an extension of 32nd Street. The public space will be designed by James Corner Field Operations, which designed the High Line Park.

“The platform is needed to create the land to create the plaza,” Friedrich said....

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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #628
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Manhattan West was originally to have three office buildings. Now, it will have two of them at the yards’ Ninth Avenue corners of West 31st and 33rd Streets, and a high-rise apartment tower between them and Dyer Avenue.
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It was originally suppose to have two towers. They said three towers but I never believed it.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 02:19 PM   #630
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Manhattan West was originally to have three office buildings. Now, it will have two of them at the yards’ Ninth Avenue corners of West 31st and 33rd Streets, and a high-rise apartment tower between them and Dyer Avenue....
That would mean that the render showing twin +1000 footers is probably the final design...
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Old January 15th, 2013, 02:41 PM   #631
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Not in the least bit. As noted, it is highly unlikely that office towers will rise here any time soon. If Brookfield has great success with the residential tower, I would not be surprised to see them build a second one at the site too.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #632
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Not in the least bit. As noted, it is highly unlikely that office towers will rise here any time soon. If Brookfield has great success with the residential tower, I would not be surprised to see them build a second one at the site too.
Since Brookfield has announced a date of completion for the platform, when potential tenants can expect to move in and might even have plans to build the towers up to the podium level before they even get any tenants, this means that they have picked a design and have made a schedule based on their plans for the site. Since the latest design calls for twin supertall office towers, it's reasonable to assume that they will be what ends up being built here because they are more versatile than other configurations. That only missing piece of the Manhattan West puzzle is the residential tower, of which we know pretty much nothing.

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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:08 PM   #633
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I disagree with your conclusions. We'll see.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #634
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Maybe according to the latest news we can change the status on prep?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #635
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Maybe according to the latest news we can change the status on prep?
the work is not for the towers itself, so i would say no.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #636
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Brookfield Kicks Off Construction of $4.5 Billion, Five-Million-Square-Foot

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Brookfield Office Properties Inc. today announced an exciting step forward in its New York property portfolio by commencing construction of the platform for the Manhattan West development site on Ninth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and Dyer Avenue at a ceremony at the site with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014, positioning the project to receive tenants in 2016.

"With today's groundbreaking, we're taking a major step forward in the transformation and rebirth of the Far West Side of Manhattan," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The state-of-the-art Manhattan West development will include two new office towers, a residential tower, new shops and restaurants, and an acre and a half of new outdoor space -- making it a vital piece of the mixed-use community we've envisioned for the Hudson Yards area, and which is now starting to take shape."

The building of the platform will generate more than 600 construction jobs, in addition to generating $52.7 million in employee compensation and $4.7 million in tax revenue for New York City, New York State. Agreements were completed in September 2012 with Amtrak and the MTA/Long Island Rail Road, who hold easements through the Brookfield-owned land, as well as with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Excavation and rock drilling have been underway for the past three months.

Brookfield is currently in negotiations with a number of potential tenants in the technology, media, entertainment, professional and financial services sectors; office tower construction will begin when an anchor tenant is secured. Cushman & Wakefield is the leasing agent for Manhattan West.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the master plan architect, working in partnership with SLCE Architects on the residential portion.

The grand outdoor public space at Manhattan West, designed by High Line firm Field Operations, will be home to a robust arts and events program, similar to the award-winning program at Brookfield Place New York/the World Financial Center.



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NYC officials kick off new Manhattan development


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New York City officials have officially kicked off a new 5 million-square-foot development project that will be built on a platform over railroad tracks in Manhattan.

The Manhattan West project west of Penn Station will include two office towers and a residential building.

The $4.5 billion project will require a 120,000-square-foot platform over the tracks that lead to the train station.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined officials from developer Brookfield Office Properties on Tuesday to announce that construction has begun.

Brookfield Office Properties CEO Dennis Friedrich said the project will serve as a much-needed expansion of Manhattan's central business district. He said the buildings will open in 2016.

Bloomberg said the development will create jobs the city needs.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 09:47 PM   #637
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Is it just me or is everything showing in Filipino or something?
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If you go into the Flickr account you can see that they brought one section of one span of the precast to the site and Bloomberg and co are standing inside of it.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #639
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i wouldnt mind twin supertall towers..nice to no this is starting construction
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Old January 15th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #640
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They appear to be digging for the foundations as well, this is definitely in site prep.
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