Brookfield Office Properties Inc. announced that the New York City Council approved the zoning changes proposed for Manhattan West, the mixed-use community the company is building in the Hudson Yards district.
The development will expand its open space from one acre to two acres, doubling in its original size. Yesterday’s (Tuesday) vote was the final step, as the plan has already been approved by the Community Board 4, City Planning Commission, City Council Zoning & Franchises Subcommittee, Land Use Committee and the full City Council.
Designed by Field Operations, the architects behind the High Line, Manhattan West’s open area will feature an arts and events space and will ultimately create a pedestrian-friendly public park for future office tenants, visitors and residents of Manhattan West. In addition, the adjacent office building at 450 West 33rd Street, now known as Five Manhattan West, is undergoing a modernization program that includes exterior re-cladding and interior renovation.
City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents Manhattan West’s neighborhood said, “I was thrilled to be able to support the Brookfield text amendment that the Council voted to approve unanimously earlier today. This project brings two acres of vibrant open space that is sorely needed to this community, which will include world-class free and public arts and events programming by Brookfield.”
“These new changes will make this a better project with more open space and amenities that the entire community can enjoy. This is exactly the kind of economic development that we need in the city. A project that creates jobs, builds a beautiful neighborhood and improves neighboring communities,” said Councilman David G. Greenfield, Chair, Land Use Committee, New York City Council.
The five-acre Manhattan West campus will include two new premium-grade office towers, a luxury residential tower, a boutique five-star hotel, retail and a two-acre park. Located steps away from the High Line, it also will feature health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens and multiple restaurants and cafes.
The $4.5-billion Manhattan West project will feature stunning views of the city and the Hudson River, located one block west of Penn Station and across the street from the new Moynihan Station.