Tishman Speyer’s park gift will give developer air rights for tower
Purchase of property housing auto-shop will ultimately benefit Spiral office project
Tishman Speyer quietly bought a run down auto-shop last week, and plans to build an elaborate park on the city’s Far West Side.
In return, the city awarded the developer unspecified air rights for its planned $3.7 billion Spiral office tower that is slated to be built on the same block, next to the Jacob Javits Center on 11th Avenue, according to the New York Post.
Tishman Speyer, led by Rob Speyer, paid $20.14 million for the site, a two-story warehouse at 527 West 36th St. It will be redeveloped as a park, and help build out a planned greenway to span West 33rd and 39th streets. It will be built over rail yards currently occupying the site.
The area was renamed Bella Abzug Park last week, changed from its initial name, Hudson Yards Park. Tishman Speyer reportedly received the air rights under a city incentive known as the District Improvement Bonus, which aims to encourage development in the Hudson Yards District.
In September the city said it planned to spend $374 million developing the park — more than $124 million per acre.
Tishman Speyer is planning a 2.85-million-square-foot office tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard. Last year, the real estate firm signed Pfizer to an 800,000-square-foot lease deal to anchor the building. AllianceBernstein is also nearing a deal for 200,000 square feet at the property. [NYP] — David Jeans