Second phase of Related’s Hudson Yards development stalled by LIRR

August 9, 2019

Photo of Hudson Yards via Flickr

As Related Companies CEO Stephen Ross continues to face backlash for throwing a fundraiser on Friday for President Donald Trump, his company is dealing with some drama of its own. Plans submitted a year ago to the Long Island Rail Road for the second phase of the Hudson Yards development have still not been approved by the agency, the New York Post reported.

The plans call for a platform to be constructed over the western portion of the railyard. Without the platform, construction cannot begin. While the reason for the delay is not clear, a source told the Post that “Related pushes them every week,” to approve the project’s plans.

“LIRR and MTA are working with Related to help them develop a design that satisfies their obligation to preserve life-safety and operational flexibility for the LIRR at Hudson Yards,” a representative with the MTA told the Post.

A similar platform had to be built over the eastern side of the railyard for the first phase of the Hudson Yards development, which opened in March. Ross and Related had hoped to work on the second phase platform by the end of the year, but without approval from the transit agency, the project cannot move forward.

The next phase, which involves the area from 11th to 12th Avenues between West 30th and West 33rd Streets, includes bringing six new buildings that will offer space for apartments, office space, and retail. The project, expected to be completed by 2024, also includes a K-8 school.

[Via NY Post]


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