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  • Friends of the High Line, the non-profit group that oversees development of the West Side elevated park, has decided to open the final phase up to the public for input on what should grow on the tracks surrounding the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards development in the future, the New York Observer reported.

    Until recently, it had not been clear whether the final section of elevated train track would be preserved for the High Line as the city worked to redevelop the site, but the Bloomberg administration and Related have both thrown their weight behind the project.

    Friends of the High Line has issued a Request for Proposals on YouTube, inviting interested parties to a meeting tonight to discuss the last phase of the park (see video above). [NYO][more]

  • The Related Companies has secured a $200 million construction loan for a 30-story apartment house on a lot on West 30th Street and 10th Avenue it’s developing with partner Abington Properties, Crain’s reported. The loan is slated to close in early 2012.

    The 400-unit property, located close to Related’s Hudson Yards project, will be constructed under New York State’s 80/20 program. It was not immediately clear when the building would be completed, though sources said it would most likely be before the Coach building at Hudson Yards opens in 2015. … [more]

  • A plan to add two new towers atop Chelsea Market is drawing the ire of neighbors who don’t want any further development — or blocked views — coming to West Chelsea, according to the New York Times. The existing Chelsea Market, between Ninth and 10th avenues and 15th and 16th streets, is the site of a former Nabisco bakery, which was converted into a trendy collection of retail shops and office space during the 1990s. Under the proposed expansion, developer Jamestown Properties would build an eight-story glass block of around 250,000 square feet of office space above the 10th Avenue portion. A 12-story, 90,000-square-foot boutique hotel would also be added above the Buddakan restaurant on Ninth Avenue. … [more]

  • The High Line

    The City Council’s subcommittee on landmarks, public siting and
    maritime uses voted unanimously yesterday in favor of acquiring the
    last piece of the High Line for development of the northernmost section
    of the elevated park. The section runs between 30th and 34th streets
    and 10th and 12th avenues and represents one third of the historic
    railroad. The acquisition plan is set for review today by the Land Use
    Committee before a scheduled full City Council vote Thursday. “The High
    Line has proven to be a successful way to expand open space in
    neighborhoods starved for parks,” said City Council speaker Christine
    Quinn, following the vote. “There has been an enormous amount of public
    and private investment in this area including the development of the
    No. 7 Line and the renovation and expansion of Moynihan Station. I
    strongly believe the expansion of the High Line would play an important
    role in further opening the West Side to new opportunities for
    residents and businesses.” TRD


  • The founders of the High Line are proposing the creation of a business improvement district that would tax property owners in the neighborhood to help pay for the park, which has seen about four times as many visitors as expected since its opening. Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line, said operating costs for the High Line will be $3.5 million to $4.5 million per year. The city pays about $1 million, and Friends of the High Line is responsible for the remainder. A business improvement district would raise about $1 million per year and would cost nearby homeowners between $30 and $90 annually. … [more]

  • The first section of the High Line opened yesterday, and advocates for
    the project are turning their attention to a section of the old rail
    yards, hoping it can be turned into park space. Friends of the High
    Line is calling for about a half-mile — 30th Street, between 10th and
    12th avenues, and 12th Avenue between 30th and 33rd streets — to be
    set aside for park space. The Related Companies was chosen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to develop a combination of commercial and residential
    buildings, along with parks, a school and cultural facility on the
    26-acre West Side rail yards. And while Related officials said they
    would include the High Line in their development plan, Friends of the
    High Line said they want the city to officially set it aside for
    preservation as part of a rezoning. … [more]