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Intro. 775 on the Outs With Preservationists BY YANNIC RACK A bill currently under consideration by the City Council could soon overhaul New York’s landmarks designation process — and potentially hand some historic buildings to developers, according to opponents. Intro. 775 — which has been the focus of intense concern amid advocates’ calls to stop it from becoming law — would establish time limits for buildings and districts under consideration by the city’s Landmarks Continued on page 7
DOB Commish Commits to More Public Access BY ZACH WILLIAMS New money invested by city government into the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will result in better service, more transparency and increased cooperation with other city agencies, according to DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler. About $121 million in new investment over the next four years will fund 320 new inspectors and other staff for a department Continued on page 5
GET WHAT YOU WANT Joe Jackson steps out with a new album and two nights at Town Hall. See page 21.
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Construction on the project’s Eastern Yard includes 30 Hudson Yards, right, and the future Shops & Restaurants complex, left. In the background, left, is the glass tower of 10 Hudson Yards, opening to commercial tenants in the spring.
At Hudson Yards, Managing a Site While Sculpting a City BY YANNIC RACK The skyline of the West Side has been changing rapidly in recent years, and it can be hard to keep track of all the new developments currently springing up in Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and in between. The largest project of its kind in the area, and the city for that matter, is Hudson Yards — the cornerstone of a new neighborhood that is set to breathe life into this long-neglected part of the city. Currently under construction atop the active rail yards between W. 30th and W. 34th Sts., and 10th Ave. and the Hudson River, the project will be completed in stages over the next ten years, with the first office tenants scheduled to move in next spring. It will eventually accommodate around 125,000 residents, visitors and workers every day. “That’s Cambridge, Massachusetts. That’s Burbank,
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California. It is a city in and of itself. And that’s just our project, not including Brookfield and the other projects in the area,” says Michael Samuelian. As a vice president with Related Companies, which is developing the site together with Oxford Properties, he is responsible for the urban planning, architectural design, marketing and public approvals of the $20 billion project. Samuelian and Related’s Geoff Butler — who oversees the construction at 10 Hudson Yards, the first office tower that now stands almost complete — recently sat down with Chelsea Now to talk about what it’s like to be involved in one of the largest private real estate developments to ever be built in the country. Originally from Seattle and now living in New Jersey,
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