66-story tower a step closer to breaking ground

Moinian Group is expected to file for permits to break ground on its West Side tower at 3 Hudson Blvd., just north of Hudson Yards. The developer will also move forward on two other parcels further north along 11th Avenue.


Joe Moinian’s 66-story tower in the Hudson Yards district is expected to move one step closer to breaking ground Monday, when the developer plans to file for permits to build the spire at 3 Hudson Blvd.


After the permit is approved, which could take up to six months, the Moinian Group plans to begin its foundation work for the 1,050-foot-tall building, which is set to include retail, commercial and possibly luxury-residential space. It will rise on a full-block site bounded by West 34th and West 35th streets to the south and north, and 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard West.


“There are only a few freestanding buildings in the city,” said Oskar Brecher, director of development at the firm. “It is a hugely efficient way to build, since we are surrounded by wide streets on all four sides, and will have terrific visibility and more light and air.”


The building is unusual in another aspect as well. Part of its foundation is shared with the new terminus of the No. 7 train, which is facing delays but will likely open next year. To finish the project, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is leasing the Moinian site from the firm until summer 2015. The two projects are so closely intertwined that the MTA built some of the foundation for the 1.8 million-square-foot 3 Hudson Blvd.

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