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April 13, 2007

Colossal Plans for Hudson Yards

City Soon To Request Proposals

The NY Sun
By Eliot Brown

The city is about to unveil its preliminary proposal for the 26-acre Hudson Yards site over the MTA's rail yards, a colossal development that is said to include about 13 million square feet of an undetermined mix of residential and office space.

The project, which could be handed over to a single developer, would be substantially larger than either the World Trade Center redevelopment or the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

Nearly two years after the city lost its bid to build a stadium on the West Side site, the Bloomberg administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the rail yards site, will come forward with design guidelines at the end of the month, a city official said. It plans to issue a request for proposals in May.

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NoLandGrab: Request for proposals? Shouldn't the State or City have done the same for the Vanderbilt Yards? Well they didn't, which created more fodder for a couple of the lawsuits challenging Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan.

Norman Oder from Atlantic Yards Report commented:

Note the contrasts between the 26-acre Hudson Yards site and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards site: * the design guidelines come first, rather than after the environmental review begins (note how Jerry Armer of Community Board 6 last year called the process "backwards") * an RFP is issued before the city and state announce support of a specific developer.

Posted by lumi at April 13, 2007 7:08 AM