The COOKFOX plan was much more exciting…
I don’t know how I got through the pay wall of the WSJ…lol. But yes, the COOKFOX plan was way more ambitious. But this design made for easy leasing. So I guess it works out. Hopefully now we get more renderings of its transformation
This is still a beautiful project, and who knows what will happen with the north parcel.
The prior plan with huge numbers of condos wasn’t viable in this market. I’m pleased that this eyesore is being replaced.
Would have been better if google went to wtc2! But i see they like those huge floorplates in chelsea and it will be similar at st johns terminal so i guess it makes sense. That is a huge expansion for google to take all this extra space though and extra exciting to hear right after all the Amazon talk this week.
And it looks like Goole will be the Tennant here. https://tribecacitizen.com/2018/12/17/google-is-building-a-hudson-square-campus/
Partial demo on everything above those 3rd floor windows.
Google maps screenshot from.before demo.
I’m elated that this eyesore will transform into a glorious swan.
This is good.
Wow. Didn’t think they would demo the whole thing to the ground.
The structure/ building Google is leasing is the block south of this. This northern section was planned for demolition already I think. I was by there last Friday. Work is continuing on Google’s new space
Yeah, the northern section will be residential, I believe. It’s a different developer and totally different design.
Is there a separate thread for this northern site?
Late last year, Oxford Properties Group filed plans to build a 588,000-square-foot, nine-floor addition to the St. John’s Terminal building located at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square. The Wall Street Journal broke the news in November 2018 that California-based Google is in discussions to lease the entire building, a deal that was finalized this past summer with the internet tech giant committing to the entire 1.3 million square feet of redeveloped office space to be created inside.
The adaptive re-use plan designed by COOKFOX Architects involves salvaging the 1934-built former freight terminal of the High Line and building above it. A recent pass by the site reveals that work has started at Google/Oxford’s nearly 600-foot-long portion spanning south of West Houston Street between Washington and West streets. The northern sections of the St. John’s Building, which includes the bridge over Houston Street has been demolished (alas!). The section of the terminal building that stretched from West Houston to Clarkson Street will be developed with housing and retail, tentatively known as Clarkson Square.
The conversion/addition is expected to be finished in 2022. The plan, in addition to Google’s forthcoming expansions within Hudson Square, at Pier 57 and at Chelsea Market, has the potential to nearly double the search giant’s local headcount to at least 14,000 employees. Google’s $1 billion investment into the neighborhood, collectively known as Google Hudson Square, includes taking up space at 315 Hudson and 350 Hudson Street.
Built as a rail freight terminus to the High Line in 1934, the St. John’s Terminal features incredible ceiling heights, oversized floorplates and an unprecedented sweep of Hudson River-facing exposures. While Westbrook Partners and Atlas Capital Group will develop the northern end of the terminal separately, the Oxford vision entails preserving the first three floors of the old structure and incorporating them into a 1.3 million square foot, 12-floor office building — a groundscraper of sorts.
According to permits on file, the addition would nearly triple the height of the existing structure from 80 feet to 232 feet high. The floor schedule shows there will be ground floor retail, a bike room for 237 bikes, staff lockers, workshop and break rooms in the cellar, and offices above.
I walked by this the other day not knowing it’s Google’s expansion
Wow. I didn’t know that the northern block was coming down now.
that’s a lot of debt, maybe its for the whole google campus