BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK ON JANUARY 5TH 2015 AT 2:30 PM
30 Hudson Yards and neighbors, image from Related
The flagship office tower of Related’s Hudson Yards development, dubbed 30 Hudson Yards, finally has a firm height number. New applications filed with the Department of Buildings reveal a pinnacle 1,287 feet above street level, which is actually slightly above the most recent guesstimates.
The number has hovered just above the Empire State Building’s 1,250-foot spire since last year, when the tower saw a slight reduction. It was originally supposed to surpass the 1,300-foot mark, but apparently that will not be the case. Until now, the only official documents on 30 Hudson Yards had been dummy filings, with a listed height of only 680 feet for its 68 floors.
View from the top of 30 Hudson Yards, image from Related
While the Far West Side has the most proposed supertalls of any neighborhood in New York City, none have yet been built, and the transformation over the next year will be dramatic. 10 Hudson Yards, already underway, will be joined by 15, 30, and 35 Hudson Yards, and 3 Hudson Boulevard is also anticipated to begin construction. Unlike its neighbors, 30 Hudson Yards is expected to offer a public observation deck.
Despite the apparent surge in office development, residential is what’s most in-demand along the Far West Side, and the success of Silverstein’s proposal for 520 West 41st Street could be a game-changer for the neighborhood’s future. That project must traverse ULURP before it can rise, but hopefully a rethinking of the greater Hudson Yards rezoning could yield similarly-sized apartment towers across the Far West Side.
In the meantime, Time Warner will anchor 30 Hudson Yards, and opening day is expected in 2018.